Kokeshi (4)
Japan - 1975-2000 - Wood

Vintage Kokeshi dolls which are estimated to have been created in the late 1970s or early 1980s.

The Kokeshi craft is an ancient Japanese tradition that started as early as the year 1850.

Wood is carefully selected to have the right qualities, the round base-shape is made with a lathe before hand tools are used to create the finished doll-shape. Lastly the doll is painted with pigments and waxed. Because of this manual process no two dolls are alike.

Originally Kokeshi dolls were children's toys, later they became more common as souvenirs from onsen (traditional Japanese hot spring) village where they are still made to this day.

Kokeshi dolls have become an icon of Japan since they reflect Japanese aesthetic sensibilities with their simple, minimalist yet elegant design.

The largest of the four is 25 cm high and 7 cm wide,
The second largest one is 23.5 cm high and 6 cm wide.
The second shortest one is 23 cm high and 6.5 cm wide,
The shortest one is 18 cm high and 6 cm wide.

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Good condition - used with small signs of aging & blemishes
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