Posted by: softypapa | March 26, 2008

Japanese-style Kokeshi Dolls made by Roslina

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

The dolls shown on this page were made by a talented kokeshi collector named Roslina who chose to take up the craft herself. Her dolls are beautiful with a very unique and interesting form. The rounded heads are especially appealing and it is clear from the doll’s happy expessions that Roslina really enjoys her work! Thank you for sharing your dolls with us , Roslina.

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Posted by: softypapa | March 22, 2008

Kokeshi Japanese Wooden Doll – Japan Ningyo Figurine

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa 

 

Description

Lovely pink Japanese wooden kokeshi doll with artist’s signature on bottom.  This pretty doll is less than 40 years old and is in poor condition with marks and scratches from handling and discoloration and stains from age and display.  Please read below to learn about the history of kokeshi dolls, one of Japan’s most unique and distinctive folk crafts.

Size:
Height: 6.8 inches (17.5 centimeters)
Weight: 3.7 ounces (107 grams)

Important note:
Images of the
kokeshi we list are often uploaded to our Japan Vintage Kokeshi Blog which is an on-line gallery of unique and interesting kokeshi dolls.  The purpose of this blog is strictly to share images of some of the wonderful dolls we encounter in the course of our work, and to provide a digital archive to preserve these images into the future.  If you purchase a kokeshi from us and do not want a digital copy of your doll displayed in the photo blog or archive then please simply send us an email indicating your preference and we will promptly remove the image.

Click here to see more kokeshi!
Click
here to see other Japanese dolls!
Click
here to see additional treasures from Japan!

More about Kokeshi

Kokeshi wooden dolls are one of the most unique and interesting of Japan’s many traditional folk crafts.  Originating in the early 19th century in the northern spa towns of Miyagi prefecture, kokeshi are thought to have first been produced as toys for children from leftover bits of scrap wood.  These early dolls were made by craftsmen who earned their living producing other types of woodcraft, but who eventually began to create kokeshi to be sold as souvenirs in the area’s many local hot spring resorts.  Over time the craft was refined, with many regional varieties appearing reflecting a wide range of technical and artistic variation.  Today there are several schools of kokeshi design led by master craftsmen who often pass their trade to succeeding generations within their own family.

When collecting kokeshi it is important to note that you will likely encounter two main types; dolls which are made by artists and those which are mass-produced to be sold as souvenirs.  The former are usually one-of-a-kind originals created by dedicated artisans who take their work very seriously and place great emphasis on traditional design and appearance.  The other type of kokeshi are those which are manufactured specifically to be sold as souvenirs of famous or interesting places such as resorts or hot springs.  These are produced en-mass, and while often attractive and interesting memorabilia they are not as frequently sought after by collectors and usually command a lower selling price.  How can you determine if a kokeshi is an ‘artist’ or ‘craftsman’ style doll?  This is actually quite easy as artist dolls are normally signed (on the bottom) by the maker, and may have no other writing on the body of the doll besides decorative calligraphy.  Souvenir types on the other hand are normally unsigned and may have the name of the place which sold them conspicuously visible on the body of the doll.  Collectors of Kokeshi typically place special emphasis on the facial quality of the dolls, desiring certain types – gentle or mischievous for example – over others.  One interesting Japanese Kokeshi collector we previously met expressed a preference for newer dolls over older ones, fearing the older dolls may be haunted.

item code: R4S4-0004545
ship code: L1650

Posted by: softypapa | March 22, 2008

Kokeshi Japanese Dolls – Sake Flask Tokkuri Ningyo Set

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa 

 

Description

Interesting Japanese wooden kokeshi doll set with ceramic bodies shaped like Japanese sake flasks (tokkuri).  This unique doll is less than 40 years old and is in fair condition with marks and scratches from handling and discoloration and stains from age and display.  Please read below to learn about the history of kokeshi dolls, one of Japan’s most unique and distinctive folk crafts.

Size:
Height of taller doll (excluding display base): 4.5 inches (11.5 centimeters)
Weight: 5.9 ounces (168 grams)

Important note:
Images of the
kokeshi we list are often uploaded to our Japan Vintage Kokeshi Blog which is an on-line gallery of unique and interesting kokeshi dolls.  The purpose of this blog is strictly to share images of some of the wonderful dolls we encounter in the course of our work, and to provide a digital archive to preserve these images into the future.  If you purchase a kokeshi from us and do not want a digital copy of your doll displayed in the photo blog or archive then please simply send us an email indicating your preference and we will promptly remove the image.

Click here to see more kokeshi!
Click
here to see other Japanese dolls!
Click
here to see additional treasures from Japan!

More about Kokeshi

Kokeshi wooden dolls are one of the most unique and interesting of Japan’s many traditional folk crafts.  Originating in the early 19th century in the northern spa towns of Miyagi prefecture, kokeshi are thought to have first been produced as toys for children from leftover bits of scrap wood.  These early dolls were made by craftsmen who earned their living producing other types of woodcraft, but who eventually began to create kokeshi to be sold as souvenirs in the area’s many local hot spring resorts.  Over time the craft was refined, with many regional varieties appearing reflecting a wide range of technical and artistic variation.  Today there are several schools of kokeshi design led by master craftsmen who often pass their trade to succeeding generations within their own family.

When collecting kokeshi it is important to note that you will likely encounter two main types; dolls which are made by artists and those which are mass-produced to be sold as souvenirs.  The former are usually one-of-a-kind originals created by dedicated artisans who take their work very seriously and place great emphasis on traditional design and appearance.  The other type of kokeshi are those which are manufactured specifically to be sold as souvenirs of famous or interesting places such as resorts or hot springs.  These are produced en-mass, and while often attractive and interesting memorabilia they are not as frequently sought after by collectors and usually command a lower selling price.  How can you determine if a kokeshi is an ‘artist’ or ‘craftsman’ style doll?  This is actually quite easy as artist dolls are normally signed (on the bottom) by the maker, and may have no other writing on the body of the doll besides decorative calligraphy.  Souvenir types on the other hand are normally unsigned and may have the name of the place which sold them conspicuously visible on the body of the doll.  Collectors of Kokeshi typically place special emphasis on the facial quality of the dolls, desiring certain types – gentle or mischievous for example – over others.  One interesting Japanese Kokeshi collector we previously met expressed a preference for newer dolls over older ones, fearing the older dolls may be haunted.

item code: R4S4-0004544
ship code: L1650

Posted by: softypapa | March 22, 2008

Kokeshi Japanese Wooden Doll – Tanuki Ningyo Figurine

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa 

 

Description

Small Japanese wooden kokeshi doll designed to resemble a Tanuki Raccoon Dog.  This interesting doll is less than 40 years old and is in fair condition with marks and scratches from handling and discoloration and stains from age and display.  Please read below to learn about Tanuki as well as the history of kokeshi dolls, one of Japan’s most unique and distinctive folk crafts.

The Tanuki or “Raccoon Dog” is a well known and very popular character in Japanese art, song and especially children’s literature.  Tanuki are, in fact, real animals resembling raccoons in both size and general appearance.  The animal’s habitat includes most of the Japanese islands as well as much of central Asia and even parts of Eastern Europe (they have even been spotted in Germany!).  The Japanese have long used the image of the Tanuki as a symbol of the dangers of overindulgence in alcohol.  A famous and very commonly seen type of Tanuki statue features a pot-bellied male specimen standing on two feet with an empty purse in one hand and an empty jug of sake in the other.  The animals genitals are distinctly visible with a rather shrunken penis and grotesquely swollen testes.  The message behind this curious image is that an excess of sake will leave one with an empty purse and full libido yet diminished ability to perform.  Perhaps this story explains why Tanuki statues are a common sight at the entrance to many Japanese bars and nightclubs.

Size:
Height: 4.3 inches (11.0 centimeters)
Weight: 5.5 ounces (156 grams)

Important note:
Images of the
kokeshi we list are often uploaded to our Japan Vintage Kokeshi Blog which is an on-line gallery of unique and interesting kokeshi dolls.  The purpose of this blog is strictly to share images of some of the wonderful dolls we encounter in the course of our work, and to provide a digital archive to preserve these images into the future.  If you purchase a kokeshi from us and do not want a digital copy of your doll displayed in the photo blog or archive then please simply send us an email indicating your preference and we will promptly remove the image.

Click here to see more kokeshi!
Click
here to see additional Tanuki items!
Click
here to see other Japanese dolls!
Click
here to see additional treasures from Japan!

More about Kokeshi

Kokeshi wooden dolls are one of the most unique and interesting of Japan’s many traditional folk crafts.  Originating in the early 19th century in the northern spa towns of Miyagi prefecture, kokeshi are thought to have first been produced as toys for children from leftover bits of scrap wood.  These early dolls were made by craftsmen who earned their living producing other types of woodcraft, but who eventually began to create kokeshi to be sold as souvenirs in the area’s many local hot spring resorts.  Over time the craft was refined, with many regional varieties appearing reflecting a wide range of technical and artistic variation.  Today there are several schools of kokeshi design led by master craftsmen who often pass their trade to succeeding generations within their own family.

When collecting kokeshi it is important to note that you will likely encounter two main types; dolls which are made by artists and those which are mass-produced to be sold as souvenirs.  The former are usually one-of-a-kind originals created by dedicated artisans who take their work very seriously and place great emphasis on traditional design and appearance.  The other type of kokeshi are those which are manufactured specifically to be sold as souvenirs of famous or interesting places such as resorts or hot springs.  These are produced en-mass, and while often attractive and interesting memorabilia they are not as frequently sought after by collectors and usually command a lower selling price.  How can you determine if a kokeshi is an ‘artist’ or ‘craftsman’ style doll?  This is actually quite easy as artist dolls are normally signed (on the bottom) by the maker, and may have no other writing on the body of the doll besides decorative calligraphy.  Souvenir types on the other hand are normally unsigned and may have the name of the place which sold them conspicuously visible on the body of the doll.  Collectors of Kokeshi typically place special emphasis on the facial quality of the dolls, desiring certain types – gentle or mischievous for example – over others.  One interesting Japanese Kokeshi collector we previously met expressed a preference for newer dolls over older ones, fearing the older dolls may be haunted.

item code: R4S4-0004543
ship code: L1650

Posted by: softypapa | March 22, 2008

Kokeshi Japanese Wooden Doll – Chestnut Ningyo Figurine

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa 

 

Description

Charming Japanese wooden kokeshi doll display featuring two dolls shaped like chestnuts.  This unique doll is less than 40 years old and is in fair condition with marks and scratches from handling and discoloration and stains from age and display.  Please read below to learn about the history of kokeshi dolls, one of Japan’s most unique and distinctive folk crafts.

Size:
Height: 4.1 inches (10.5 centimeters)
Weight: 3.3 ounces (95 grams)

Important note:
Images of the
kokeshi we list are often uploaded to our Japan Vintage Kokeshi Blog which is an on-line gallery of unique and interesting kokeshi dolls.  The purpose of this blog is strictly to share images of some of the wonderful dolls we encounter in the course of our work, and to provide a digital archive to preserve these images into the future.  If you purchase a kokeshi from us and do not want a digital copy of your doll displayed in the photo blog or archive then please simply send us an email indicating your preference and we will promptly remove the image.

Click here to see more kokeshi!
Click
here to see other Japanese dolls!
Click
here to see additional treasures from Japan!

More about Kokeshi

Kokeshi wooden dolls are one of the most unique and interesting of Japan’s many traditional folk crafts.  Originating in the early 19th century in the northern spa towns of Miyagi prefecture, kokeshi are thought to have first been produced as toys for children from leftover bits of scrap wood.  These early dolls were made by craftsmen who earned their living producing other types of woodcraft, but who eventually began to create kokeshi to be sold as souvenirs in the area’s many local hot spring resorts.  Over time the craft was refined, with many regional varieties appearing reflecting a wide range of technical and artistic variation.  Today there are several schools of kokeshi design led by master craftsmen who often pass their trade to succeeding generations within their own family.

When collecting kokeshi it is important to note that you will likely encounter two main types; dolls which are made by artists and those which are mass-produced to be sold as souvenirs.  The former are usually one-of-a-kind originals created by dedicated artisans who take their work very seriously and place great emphasis on traditional design and appearance.  The other type of kokeshi are those which are manufactured specifically to be sold as souvenirs of famous or interesting places such as resorts or hot springs.  These are produced en-mass, and while often attractive and interesting memorabilia they are not as frequently sought after by collectors and usually command a lower selling price.  How can you determine if a kokeshi is an ‘artist’ or ‘craftsman’ style doll?  This is actually quite easy as artist dolls are normally signed (on the bottom) by the maker, and may have no other writing on the body of the doll besides decorative calligraphy.  Souvenir types on the other hand are normally unsigned and may have the name of the place which sold them conspicuously visible on the body of the doll.  Collectors of Kokeshi typically place special emphasis on the facial quality of the dolls, desiring certain types – gentle or mischievous for example – over others.  One interesting Japanese Kokeshi collector we previously met expressed a preference for newer dolls over older ones, fearing the older dolls may be haunted.

item code: R4S4-0004542
ship code: L1650

Posted by: softypapa | March 22, 2008

Kokeshi Japanese Wooden Dolls – Waraji Ningyo Figurines

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa 

 

Description

Charming Japanese wooden kokeshi doll display featuring two figures mounted on a small old fashioned straw sandal (waraji).  This unique and interesting doll display is less than 40 years old and is in fair condition with marks and scratches from handling and discoloration and stains from age and display.  Please read below to learn about the history of kokeshi dolls, one of Japan’s most unique and distinctive folk crafts.

Size:
Approximate height (of figures excluding display base): 2.3 inches (6.0 centimeters)
Weight: 1.3 ounces (38 grams)

Important note:
Images of the
kokeshi we list are often uploaded to our Japan Vintage Kokeshi Blog which is an on-line gallery of unique and interesting kokeshi dolls.  The purpose of this blog is strictly to share images of some of the wonderful dolls we encounter in the course of our work, and to provide a digital archive to preserve these images into the future.  If you purchase a kokeshi from us and do not want a digital copy of your doll displayed in the photo blog or archive then please simply send us an email indicating your preference and we will promptly remove the image.

Click here to see more kokeshi!
Click
here to see other Japanese dolls!
Click
here to see additional treasures from Japan!

More about Kokeshi

Kokeshi wooden dolls are one of the most unique and interesting of Japan’s many traditional folk crafts.  Originating in the early 19th century in the northern spa towns of Miyagi prefecture, kokeshi are thought to have first been produced as toys for children from leftover bits of scrap wood.  These early dolls were made by craftsmen who earned their living producing other types of woodcraft, but who eventually began to create kokeshi to be sold as souvenirs in the area’s many local hot spring resorts.  Over time the craft was refined, with many regional varieties appearing reflecting a wide range of technical and artistic variation.  Today there are several schools of kokeshi design led by master craftsmen who often pass their trade to succeeding generations within their own family.

When collecting kokeshi it is important to note that you will likely encounter two main types; dolls which are made by artists and those which are mass-produced to be sold as souvenirs.  The former are usually one-of-a-kind originals created by dedicated artisans who take their work very seriously and place great emphasis on traditional design and appearance.  The other type of kokeshi are those which are manufactured specifically to be sold as souvenirs of famous or interesting places such as resorts or hot springs.  These are produced en-mass, and while often attractive and interesting memorabilia they are not as frequently sought after by collectors and usually command a lower selling price.  How can you determine if a kokeshi is an ‘artist’ or ‘craftsman’ style doll?  This is actually quite easy as artist dolls are normally signed (on the bottom) by the maker, and may have no other writing on the body of the doll besides decorative calligraphy.  Souvenir types on the other hand are normally unsigned and may have the name of the place which sold them conspicuously visible on the body of the doll.  Collectors of Kokeshi typically place special emphasis on the facial quality of the dolls, desiring certain types – gentle or mischievous for example – over others.  One interesting Japanese Kokeshi collector we previously met expressed a preference for newer dolls over older ones, fearing the older dolls may be haunted.

item code: R4S4-0004541
ship code: L1650

Posted by: softypapa | March 22, 2008

Kokeshi Japanese Doll Watermelon Onsen Ningyo Figurines

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa 

 

Description

Charming Japanese wooden kokeshi doll display featuring two small figures frolicking in a bath tub shaped and painted like a watermelon.  This unique doll display is less than 40 years old and is in poor condition with marks and scratches from handling and discoloration and stains from age and display.  The display may be missing a piece as there is a broken stick end visible behind one of the figures.  Please read below to learn about the history of kokeshi dolls, one of Japan’s most unique and distinctive folk crafts.

Size:
Height: 2.5 inches (6.5 centimeters)
Weight: 1.7 ounces (49 grams)

Important note:
Images of the
kokeshi we list are often uploaded to our Japan Vintage Kokeshi Blog which is an on-line gallery of unique and interesting kokeshi dolls.  The purpose of this blog is strictly to share images of some of the wonderful dolls we encounter in the course of our work, and to provide a digital archive to preserve these images into the future.  If you purchase a kokeshi from us and do not want a digital copy of your doll displayed in the photo blog or archive then please simply send us an email indicating your preference and we will promptly remove the image.

Click here to see more kokeshi!
Click
here to see other Japanese dolls!
Click
here to see additional treasures from Japan!

More about Kokeshi

Kokeshi wooden dolls are one of the most unique and interesting of Japan’s many traditional folk crafts.  Originating in the early 19th century in the northern spa towns of Miyagi prefecture, kokeshi are thought to have first been produced as toys for children from leftover bits of scrap wood.  These early dolls were made by craftsmen who earned their living producing other types of woodcraft, but who eventually began to create kokeshi to be sold as souvenirs in the area’s many local hot spring resorts.  Over time the craft was refined, with many regional varieties appearing reflecting a wide range of technical and artistic variation.  Today there are several schools of kokeshi design led by master craftsmen who often pass their trade to succeeding generations within their own family.

When collecting kokeshi it is important to note that you will likely encounter two main types; dolls which are made by artists and those which are mass-produced to be sold as souvenirs.  The former are usually one-of-a-kind originals created by dedicated artisans who take their work very seriously and place great emphasis on traditional design and appearance.  The other type of kokeshi are those which are manufactured specifically to be sold as souvenirs of famous or interesting places such as resorts or hot springs.  These are produced en-mass, and while often attractive and interesting memorabilia they are not as frequently sought after by collectors and usually command a lower selling price.  How can you determine if a kokeshi is an ‘artist’ or ‘craftsman’ style doll?  This is actually quite easy as artist dolls are normally signed (on the bottom) by the maker, and may have no other writing on the body of the doll besides decorative calligraphy.  Souvenir types on the other hand are normally unsigned and may have the name of the place which sold them conspicuously visible on the body of the doll.  Collectors of Kokeshi typically place special emphasis on the facial quality of the dolls, desiring certain types – gentle or mischievous for example – over others.  One interesting Japanese Kokeshi collector we previously met expressed a preference for newer dolls over older ones, fearing the older dolls may be haunted.

item code: R4S4-0004540
ship code: L1650

Posted by: softypapa | March 22, 2008

Kokeshi-style Japanese Doll – Japan Ningyo Figurine

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa 

 

Description

Lovely Japanese wooden kokeshi-style doll made of plastic balls.  This unique and interesting doll is less than 40 years old and is in good condition with only small marks and scratches.  The doll cannot stand on its own and requires a prop to stay upright.  Please read below to learn about the history of kokeshi dolls, one of Japan’s most unique and distinctive folk crafts.

Size:
Height: 2.7 inches (7.0 centimeters)
Weight: 0.3 ounces (8 grams)

Important note:
Images of the
kokeshi we list are often uploaded to our Japan Vintage Kokeshi Blog which is an on-line gallery of unique and interesting kokeshi dolls.  The purpose of this blog is strictly to share images of some of the wonderful dolls we encounter in the course of our work, and to provide a digital archive to preserve these images into the future.  If you purchase a kokeshi from us and do not want a digital copy of your doll displayed in the photo blog or archive then please simply send us an email indicating your preference and we will promptly remove the image.

Click here to see more kokeshi!
Click
here to see other Japanese dolls!
Click
here to see additional treasures from Japan!

More about Kokeshi

Kokeshi wooden dolls are one of the most unique and interesting of Japan’s many traditional folk crafts.  Originating in the early 19th century in the northern spa towns of Miyagi prefecture, kokeshi are thought to have first been produced as toys for children from leftover bits of scrap wood.  These early dolls were made by craftsmen who earned their living producing other types of woodcraft, but who eventually began to create kokeshi to be sold as souvenirs in the area’s many local hot spring resorts.  Over time the craft was refined, with many regional varieties appearing reflecting a wide range of technical and artistic variation.  Today there are several schools of kokeshi design led by master craftsmen who often pass their trade to succeeding generations within their own family.

When collecting kokeshi it is important to note that you will likely encounter two main types; dolls which are made by artists and those which are mass-produced to be sold as souvenirs.  The former are usually one-of-a-kind originals created by dedicated artisans who take their work very seriously and place great emphasis on traditional design and appearance.  The other type of kokeshi are those which are manufactured specifically to be sold as souvenirs of famous or interesting places such as resorts or hot springs.  These are produced en-mass, and while often attractive and interesting memorabilia they are not as frequently sought after by collectors and usually command a lower selling price.  How can you determine if a kokeshi is an ‘artist’ or ‘craftsman’ style doll?  This is actually quite easy as artist dolls are normally signed (on the bottom) by the maker, and may have no other writing on the body of the doll besides decorative calligraphy.  Souvenir types on the other hand are normally unsigned and may have the name of the place which sold them conspicuously visible on the body of the doll.  Collectors of Kokeshi typically place special emphasis on the facial quality of the dolls, desiring certain types – gentle or mischievous for example – over others.  One interesting Japanese Kokeshi collector we previously met expressed a preference for newer dolls over older ones, fearing the older dolls may be haunted.

item code: R4S4-0004539
ship code: L1650

Posted by: softypapa | March 22, 2008

Kokeshi Japanese Wooden Dolls – Japan Ningyo Figurines

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa 

 

Description

Tiny (please see size information below) Japanese wooden kokeshi doll set mounted on bamboo display base.  This doll set is less than 40 years old and is in fair condition with marks and scratches from handling and discoloration and stains from age and display.  Please read below to learn about the history of kokeshi dolls, one of Japan’s most unique and distinctive folk crafts.

Size:
Height (excluding base): 0.9 inches (2.3 centimeters)
Weight: 0.2 ounces (5 grams)

Important note:
Images of the
kokeshi we list are often uploaded to our Japan Vintage Kokeshi Blog which is an on-line gallery of unique and interesting kokeshi dolls.  The purpose of this blog is strictly to share images of some of the wonderful dolls we encounter in the course of our work, and to provide a digital archive to preserve these images into the future.  If you purchase a kokeshi from us and do not want a digital copy of your doll displayed in the photo blog or archive then please simply send us an email indicating your preference and we will promptly remove the image.

Click here to see more kokeshi!
Click
here to see other Japanese dolls!
Click
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More about Kokeshi

Kokeshi wooden dolls are one of the most unique and interesting of Japan’s many traditional folk crafts.  Originating in the early 19th century in the northern spa towns of Miyagi prefecture, kokeshi are thought to have first been produced as toys for children from leftover bits of scrap wood.  These early dolls were made by craftsmen who earned their living producing other types of woodcraft, but who eventually began to create kokeshi to be sold as souvenirs in the area’s many local hot spring resorts.  Over time the craft was refined, with many regional varieties appearing reflecting a wide range of technical and artistic variation.  Today there are several schools of kokeshi design led by master craftsmen who often pass their trade to succeeding generations within their own family.

When collecting kokeshi it is important to note that you will likely encounter two main types; dolls which are made by artists and those which are mass-produced to be sold as souvenirs.  The former are usually one-of-a-kind originals created by dedicated artisans who take their work very seriously and place great emphasis on traditional design and appearance.  The other type of kokeshi are those which are manufactured specifically to be sold as souvenirs of famous or interesting places such as resorts or hot springs.  These are produced en-mass, and while often attractive and interesting memorabilia they are not as frequently sought after by collectors and usually command a lower selling price.  How can you determine if a kokeshi is an ‘artist’ or ‘craftsman’ style doll?  This is actually quite easy as artist dolls are normally signed (on the bottom) by the maker, and may have no other writing on the body of the doll besides decorative calligraphy.  Souvenir types on the other hand are normally unsigned and may have the name of the place which sold them conspicuously visible on the body of the doll.  Collectors of Kokeshi typically place special emphasis on the facial quality of the dolls, desiring certain types – gentle or mischievous for example – over others.  One interesting Japanese Kokeshi collector we previously met expressed a preference for newer dolls over older ones, fearing the older dolls may be haunted.

item code: R4S4-0004538
ship code: L1650

Posted by: softypapa | March 22, 2008

Tiny Kokeshi Japanese Wooden Dolls – Ningyo Figurines

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa

Kokeshi Ningyo Doll Figure Figurine Japan Japanese Nippon Nihon Tokaido Softypapa 

 

Description

Tiny (please see size information below) pair of Japanese wooden kokeshi dolls with paper storage box.  These charming dolls are less than 40 years old and in good condition with only small marks and scratches from handling and discoloration and stains from age and display.  Please read below to learn about the history of kokeshi dolls, one of Japan’s most unique and distinctive folk crafts.

Size:
Height of dolls: 0.4 inches (1.0 centimeters)
Weight of dolls and storage box: 0.1 ounces (3 grams)

Important note:
Images of the
kokeshi we list are often uploaded to our Japan Vintage Kokeshi Blog which is an on-line gallery of unique and interesting kokeshi dolls.  The purpose of this blog is strictly to share images of some of the wonderful dolls we encounter in the course of our work, and to provide a digital archive to preserve these images into the future.  If you purchase a kokeshi from us and do not want a digital copy of your doll displayed in the photo blog or archive then please simply send us an email indicating your preference and we will promptly remove the image.

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More about Kokeshi

Kokeshi wooden dolls are one of the most unique and interesting of Japan’s many traditional folk crafts.  Originating in the early 19th century in the northern spa towns of Miyagi prefecture, kokeshi are thought to have first been produced as toys for children from leftover bits of scrap wood.  These early dolls were made by craftsmen who earned their living producing other types of woodcraft, but who eventually began to create kokeshi to be sold as souvenirs in the area’s many local hot spring resorts.  Over time the craft was refined, with many regional varieties appearing reflecting a wide range of technical and artistic variation.  Today there are several schools of kokeshi design led by master craftsmen who often pass their trade to succeeding generations within their own family.

When collecting kokeshi it is important to note that you will likely encounter two main types; dolls which are made by artists and those which are mass-produced to be sold as souvenirs.  The former are usually one-of-a-kind originals created by dedicated artisans who take their work very seriously and place great emphasis on traditional design and appearance.  The other type of kokeshi are those which are manufactured specifically to be sold as souvenirs of famous or interesting places such as resorts or hot springs.  These are produced en-mass, and while often attractive and interesting memorabilia they are not as frequently sought after by collectors and usually command a lower selling price.  How can you determine if a kokeshi is an ‘artist’ or ‘craftsman’ style doll?  This is actually quite easy as artist dolls are normally signed (on the bottom) by the maker, and may have no other writing on the body of the doll besides decorative calligraphy.  Souvenir types on the other hand are normally unsigned and may have the name of the place which sold them conspicuously visible on the body of the doll.  Collectors of Kokeshi typically place special emphasis on the facial quality of the dolls, desiring certain types – gentle or mischievous for example – over others.  One interesting Japanese Kokeshi collector we previously met expressed a preference for newer dolls over older ones, fearing the older dolls may be haunted.

item code: R4S4-0004537
ship code: L1650

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