Vintage monochrome Kokeshi | Zao Takayu 01

850 kr

Vintage Kokeshi

It is said that Kokeshi was born in the late Edo period (1603-1868) then Matryoshika in the next era of Meiji.

System: Zao Takayu system

Sanshiro Ishiyama's Kokeshi dolls follow the flow of Zao Takayu. It is also said that when he received a set of tools from Masao Sato, there was an old Zao Kokeshi doll in the tool box, which was used as a sample. Early works follow the style of Zao Takayu, especially the body pattern of alternating red and green chrysanthemums, following the method of Notoya. The one in the toolbox may have been a Kokeshi doll from Notoya.

Master: Ichiro Shinano / Masao Sato

size | Ø4,5 x H16 cm
Designer | Naoki Sato (1909-1996)
Date of Birth (Kokeshi) | around 1945
material | Wood

Made in Japan


Kokeshi craftsmen were originally making living by producing wood miscellaneous goods such as bowls and trays at the beginning. It started at Togatta area in the current Miyagi Pref. where the making of Kokeshi began in the early 1800s. It was also the time in the Edo period when the Onsen (Japanese hot spring) culture getting popular.
Local Japanese tourist are coming for Onsen, and the Kokeshi was sold as a souvenir for the hot spring visitors. Kokeshi started as a souvenir wooden dolls for children in those days.
From Meiji to Taisho era, Kokeshi became out of fashion and replaced by the plastic dolls that came over from overseas . In Showa period, Kokeshi's beauty has been rediscovered and the first Kokeshi boom came around 1935. The second Kokeshi-boom came after the Discover-Japan-boom in the 1970' , now we are in the 3rd Kokeshi-boom. Recently, Kokeshi is in a trend as a Japan traditional art and is popular especially among young ladies.

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