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These vintage wooden Kokeshi dolls and boxes were found by Susan on a recent trip to Japan.
They are all made of wood and all of them are signed on the bottom or the side by the artist who made them.
Kokeshi "Ejiko" The 'ejiko' baby kokeshi represents the traditional baby baskets of northern Japan. This is how field workers took their babies to work with them,by placing them in baskets near them as they worked. They were filled with straw and sometimes ash which could be easily cleaned out.
The natural wooden finish on these dolls is a bit more rare.
Kokeshi dolls are Japanese wooden dolls traditionally made for children. It is said that Kokeshi were originally sold to visitors to hot springs in the Tohoku region of Japan during the late Edo period (1600-1868). "kokeshi" is derived from wooden (木 ki, ko) or small (小 ko), and dolls (芥子 keshi).
The ones at Loop are probably from the 1950's and 60's.
They are so beautiful.
Each one is unique.
Kokeshi dolls can be ornamental and some people use the tops of them for darning.We just think they are very beautiful.
Made in Japan.
Vintage items are not returnable.
Approx Measurements and description:
A 24cm (9.5")
B 'Ejiko' Box with lid 10cm wide x 13cm high
C 'Ejiko' Box with lid - the head on this is on a dowl which allows it to wobble. Perfect condition. 7.5cm x 10cm
D 'Ejiko' very unusual and wonderful. It is shaped as if it were a box or toy but the lid does not come off. It's a great shape and very rare to find.
E 18cm (7")
I 15cm (6") This one is in perfect condition but it is a little different in that the head is not fixed in place but can spin on a wooden dowel-like shape inside.
Q 14cm (5.5")