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This feather-light lady is a picture of serenity. Her delicate features have a calming effect. I particularly like the light gray line detail on the base. Her head can be repositioned to tilt to one side or look from side to side.

Height: 9cm
Width (base): 3cm
Width (head): 5.5cm
Weight: 105g

This piece is approximately 30-40 years old. The condition is almost perfect. The signature of the maker is clear on the base and reads: "Endou san".


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This particular doll was bought in Boroichi market, Setagaya, Tokyo. Boroichi is a famous, traditional market with a history dating back around 450 years. To learn more about Boroichi visit my blog: http://furugistarjapan.wordpress.com/

Traditional Kokeshi dolls, originally created as a souvenir for Japanese tourists visiting hot spring resorts in the Edo period, have somewhat of a controversial reputation. Some believed they were used as memorial objects for lost children of miscarriage or infanticide. The dolls have also been used ritually as guardians of children and carriers of their souls. Today, some use the word kokeshi as a sexual innuendo due to the phallic shape. The history and imagery surrounding kokeshi dolls, whether fact or legend, is exciting, shocking, sad or mundane depending on which perspective you view them. To read more about kokeshi, visit my blog: http://furugistarjapan.wordpress.com/