Vintage Traditional Kokeshi doll Sakunami Style 29cm
Name: Traditional Kokeshi doll ‘Naruko‘ 伝統こけし 作並系
Size: W8 x D8 (head) x H29cm
Note: One off item
Made in Japan
Kokeshi is a Japanese wooden doll, hand-made from wood with no arms or legs.
There are two types of Kokeshi; ‘伝統こけし Traditional Kokeshi’ and ‘創作こけし Creative Kokeshi’.
“伝統こけし Traditional Kokeshi” is a folk art specially produced in the Tohoku region that occurred in the latter half of the Edo period, using the same techniques handed over from masters to pupils.
“創作こけし Creative Kokeshi” is modeled by the author’s individual free ideas and is produced using original techniques. The trend was riding since 1947 after World War II.
Since 1954, the Prime Minister’s Award has been awarded to the best work of ‘the creative Kokeshi doll’ contest. Since then, creative activities have become more active and the work of famous artists have been evaluated as unique arts and crafts.
This is a vintage Traditional Kokeshi doll, which is a Sakunami style (作並系), produced in Miyagi prefecture of Japan.
A unique pattern of chrysanthemums resembling crabs is drawn.
At the bottom of the doll, there is a sticker of ‘通産大臣賞 全国コンクール’ – National contest, Minister of International Trade and Industry Award.
There is a signature of Kiyohara Takao 清原たかを at the back of Kokeshi.
There is also a number 18122 which seems to be stuck by a previous owner and we are not sure what it means.
Vintage figurine from Showa period found in Kyoto.
You can have a look at this video to see how a Kokeshi is handcrafted. It is also so calming to watch how it is being made.