Vintage Japanese Traditional Tsuchiyu Kokeshi doll

Vintage circa 1960s vintage traditional Tsuchiyu Kokeshi Doll which was made in 

Each vintage Japanese Kokeshi doll is hand-carved from a single piece of wood, and then hand-painted by skilled artisans, making each doll a unique piece of art. These dolls have a rich history, originally created as toys for children, over time the dolls have evolved into decorative items and souvenirs.

Tsuchiyu Kokeshi doll , made in tsuchiyu onsen, Fukushima, Japan 

Kokeshi are simple wooden dolls with no arms or legs that have been crafted for more than 150 years as a toy for children. Since the late Edo period, kokeshi have been made at Onsen village in the Tohoku region of Japan. They are handmade from wood, having a simple trunk and head with a few thin, painted lines to define the face. The body often has floral and/or ring designs painted in red, black, and sometimes green, purple, blue, or yellow inks, and covered with a layer of wax.

About Tsuchiyu Kokeshi
Tsuchiyu kokeshi have over 160 years of history and  have the reputation of being one of the three most famous types of kokeshi in Japan.


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