Kokeshi Doll


Here’s another find from last week’s epic thrift shop haul. This Japanese doll is called a Kokeshi. These handmade, wood figures originated in Northern Japan. Traditional kokeshi feature a simple trunk and an oversized head with a few thin, painted lines to define the face. The trunk has a floral design painted in red, black, and sometimes yellow, and covered with a layer of wax. After WWII, They started to become more popular in the rest of Japan, and the designs became more complicated. These are called “Creative” kokeshi. All kokeshi dolls lack of arms or legs and the bottom of traditional and creative dolls is marked by the maker.

I don’t know the vintage of this creative doll, but she sure is pretty!