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Vintage Kokeshi Dolls

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At DEA we are in love with the charming, rare "Creative"or "Sosaku" (in Japanese) Vintage Kokeshi dolls of the 1960-70s.

"Creative" dolls are more sculptural and generally have less decorative paint applied.

They say when choosing a kokeshi doll one must look at the face and see if it speaks to you.

#1 "Snowflake"
by master Issetsu Kuribayashi
height: 19.5cm

#2 "Maple Leaves"
by Koshin
height: 21.5cm

#3 Kobo Tanaka 
by Kobo Tanaka
height: 14cm high

#4 Kaihei Katase
rare Kokeshi by master Kaihei Katase
one for the collectors 
height: 13cm high

#5 "Cherry Blossom"
by Miyashita Hajime
in original box
height: 32cm

#6 "Red Bamboo"
height: 28cm

#7 "Tall Girl (sister)"
by Yamanaka Sanpei
we also have an additional one in its original box - please message  
height: 16.5cm

#8 "Short Girl (sister)"
by Yamanaka Sanpei
height: 13cm

#9 "Yuyake"
by master Ishihara Hideo
height: 23cm

#10 Issetsu Kuribayashi
by Issetsu Kuribayashi
hand made in the 70s 
height: 23cm


Kokeshi originated from the north of Japan, in the mountainous Tohoku region, a popular hot springs area. Histories tell us that the local wood workers used excess pieces of timber to craft simple toys and teething aids for the local children. During the 1800's, many people started to visit the onsen (hot spring inns) in Tohoku and the toys became popular souvenirs to take home.

Kokeshi can be broadly divided into two types: traditional (dento) and creative (sosaku). The traditional kokeshi were first made during the Edo period, some sources suggest, as early as the 1600's. Certainly by the late 19th century they had gained popularity throughout Japan and are still made to this day. Sosaku kokeshi production began at the end of the Second World War.