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Offering a wonderful example of Japanese folk art: a vintage, hand-carved, hand-painted, wooden Kokeshi gentile traveler doll. Kokeshi dolls characteristically have simple bodies with no visible arms or legs and an enlarged head. A few thin, painted lines define their faces.

This doll measures 4 inches tall X 1 1/2 inches across the widest diameter at the head. It has an overall matte finish, with no lacquer coating. It is stamped Made in Japan on the base.

Kokeshi dolls are traditionally made from cherry, dogwood or maple, then painted and covered with a layer of wax. The wood is usually left outdoors to season for one to five years before it can be used.

This doll is remarkable: it is carved and kinetic, with fluting all the way around the character, who carries a scalloped umbrella hat, with painted Japanese characters on it, that spins. The hand-painting is done is greater detail than most I've seen, with a bright turquoise blue painted skull cap, painted collar, sash and buttons, and a braided silk cord around the neck with striped paper rectangular boards at each end.

These dolls were believed to have originated during the middle of the Edo period (1600–1868) as souvenirs for people visiting the hot springs in the north-east of the country. This character appears to be more than 40 years old.

A unique, kinetic, yet traditional Kokeshi folk art character doll with some marvelous and unexpected features...

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Kokeshi Traveler Japan Gentle Expression Spinning Umbrella Hat Carved Handpainted Matte Wonderful Condition and Detail Traditional Folk Art


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  • Material: wood
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