SELECTION OF CREATIVE KOKESHI DOLLS

Sosaku kokeshi is completely free regarding the colors, the patterns or the design. The artist make the kokeshi freely upon his imagination !

Creative kokeshi appeared after World War II

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Creative kokeshi by Tanaka Harumasa

Very rare creative style kokeshi doll about 24 cm (9,4")

Unpainted, just turned and beautifully carved with cubist style.

Sharp and straight contours; Cubism is an early twentieth-century artistic movement that is a revolution in painting and sculpture. It is characterized by the abandonment of the classical perspective, the bursting of the forms in different facets and the independence of the various plans. The artist seeks to represent an object in 3 dimensions, observed from all points of view at a time.

As John Golding, an art historian and specialist of the movement, puts it, "Cubism is an absolutely original pictorial language, a totally new way of approaching the world, and a conceptualized aesthetic theory. print a new direction to all modern painting "

 

Signature of the famous craftsman Tanaka Harumasa

This one contributed in the 50s-60s to the creative (Sosaku) kokeshi movement.

He has won numerous awards, the highest of which in 1965

He made kokeshi with a very modern style with cubist design.

 

His kokeshi are highly sought by collectors!

79,00 €

  • 2 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

XXL creative kokeshi by Sadao Kishi

She is 40-41 cm (16"). Slit at the level of the face, but which passes unnoticed because it is in the continuity of the fold of the kimono

 

The ear of corns carved and painted are stunner

 

Hanko seal by the famous master Sadao Kishi (1932-1998)

This master is one of the most important influences on modern kokeshi design, and he won many awards. 

49,00 €

  • 2 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Traditional creative bamboo kokeshi

Large heavy wooden kokeshi. 31 cm (12,2")

Bamboo pattern. Superb condition !

The symbolism of bamboo is strong and positive in Japan hence the Japanese proverb "The bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists".

Not signed.

39,00 €

  • 1,5 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Creative kokeshi by Kaganuma Masayuki

She represents Tanabata (七夕 = The seventh night of the seventh month)

Tanabata is the Japanese star festival, inspired by the celebration of Chinese stars. The festival usually takes place on July 7 or August 7, and coincides with the stellar rapprochement of the Vega and Altaïr stars.

The legend tells the love story between the goddess weaver Orihime (represented by the star Vega) and a simple deadly bouvier named Hikoboshi (represented by the star Altaïr).

For love, the goddess left the world of gods to marry Hikoboshi, and they had 2 children. Orihime's father condemned this forbidden love, and brought his daughter back to heaven to prevent the brave drover (determined to find his wife) to reach the heavenly kingdom.

He separated the two worlds by an impassable river, the Milky Way. In front of the incessant tears of the princess on one side, and the drover and her children on the other, the gods finally allowed them to meet once a year on the seventh night of the seventh month.

Nowadays in Japan, people usually celebrate Tanabata by writing greetings, sometimes in the form of poems, on tanzaku (small paper cards) and hang them on bamboos, sometimes with other decorations. Bamboo and decorations are often floated on a river or burned after the party.

 

Here, this kokeshi is decorated with sequined Fukinagashi which are in fact colorful streamers representing the threads that Orihime used to weave! The bark of the wood isvisible. Meticulous work.

 

Hand made by the famous artisan Kaganuma Masayuki borned in 1936.

He won many awards kokeshi of which the hightest in 2008.

Hanko seal by the artisan Kaganuma Masayuki.

39,00 €

  • 0,4 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Creative Kokeshi style by SADAO KISHI 40cm

Rare. Excellent condition

She is 40-41 cm (16")

The ear of corns carved and painted are stunner

 

Hanko seal by the famous master Sadao Kishi (1932-1998)

This master is one of the most important influences on modern kokeshi design, and he won many awards. 

69,00 €

65,00 €

  • 2 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Large bamboo kokeshi by Kenji

This rare creative kokeshi is 28 cm (11")

Carved bamboo on green kimono

 

Comes from Matsushima Onsen

 

Hand made and signed by the artisan Kenji

49,00 €

  • 1 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Creative kokeshi Mother ans Son

Little kokeshi mom with her cute child!

They measure 13 cm (5") and 10 cm (4")

No colors for these kokeshi creative style sober and simple style.

Two different woods were used to make them.

 

Handmade and stamped by their craftsman

25,00 €

  • 0,5 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Dancer kokeshi by Sadao Kishi

These kokeshi dolls  are 23cm (9")

They represent the dancer of Izu no odoriko in the writer novel Yasunari Kawabata.

They are from 1979 and 1981 (Showa 54 and Showa 56)

 

Hanko seal by the artisan Sadao Kishi (1932-1998)

This artisan won many awards

 

45,00 €

  • 0,5 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

[HUGE] Usaburo Creative Kokeshi

Very massive kokeshi! 31 cm high (12,2") and 7 cm(2,8") in circumference. The body itself is 21 cm(8,3").

She have a bobbed hair ; characteristic of Usaburo kokeshi and willow branches carved on the body.

Kokeshi imposing that must absolutely have !

 

Note small slit on 2cm at the base of the body (back).

 

Usaburo hanko seal and Signature

Usaburo Okamoto (1917-2009) has won numerous awards, and is the founder of Usaburo Kokeshi.

He started making kokeshi in 1950. Then he invented a new style with new manufacturing techniques.

Today Usaburo has six artisans trained by Usaburo

129,00 €

  • 4 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Coloured creative kokeshi

This little coloured creative kokeshi is 13cm (5")

modern look !

10,00 €

  • 0,1 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Kokeshi umbrella by Hajime Miyashita

This creative kokeshi is 16 cm (6,3") and wear a japanese umbrella.

The Japanese umbrella is used to protect against the rain (but also the sun) which is made using many traditional Japanese techniques.

Even today, it is composed mainly of materials from nature, such as bamboo or Japanese paper, which makes it a warm product.

Essential accessory of the elegant Japanese! 

 

Hanko seal by the artisan Hajime Miyashita (1940-)

This artisan won numerous awards.

Since 2006 he is retired. To comme across some Hajime Miyashita's kokeshi is a real pleasure ! 

35,00 €

  • 0,3 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

blond kokeshi by Usaburo

An unusual blond kokeshi ! beautiful !

This lady is 19,5 cm (7,7") in very good condition.

 

Usaburo hanko seal

Usaburo Okamoto (1917-2009) has won numerous awards, and is the founder of Usaburo Kokeshi.

He started making kokeshi in 1950. Then he invented a new style with new manufacturing techniques.

Today Usaburo has six artisans trained by Usaburo

49,00 €

  • 0,7 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Green kimono kokeshi

This creative kokeshi is 16 cm (6,3") with a green kimono beautifully carved with black bobbed hair !

 

 

Signed by the artisan 

35,00 €

  • 0,5 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Creative kokeshi by Takeshi

This creative kokeshi is 21 cm (8,3") with sublime colors ! 

The dark red peony flower is the most popular peony in Japan. Itis associated with honor and respect. It also symbolizes wealth and prosperity in these cultures.

 

Hand made and hand painted. Nota : she lost her little bow on the top of the head  (it was frequent with these "vintage" kokeshi) 

Signed by the artisan Takeshi

35,00 €

  • 1 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Creative kokeshi by Takahashi Hashime

Very original and rare (very hard to find) creative kokeshi about 15,5cm (6")

 

 

Signed by the artisan Takahashi Hashime (1918-2002)

He was considered one of the best plum blossom artist

He has won numerous awards, including the highest price : "Prime Minister's Award"

45,00 €

  • 0,2 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Usaburo carved kokeshi

2 available (price is for one kokeshi) 

 

They are 22 cm (8,7")

Longilins, dark cherry wood, and beautifully carved flowers.

 

Very good condition for both. They are hand made, but they are not identical.

 

Usaburo hanko seal

Usaburo Okamoto (1917-2009) has won numerous awards, and is the founder of Usaburo Kokeshi.

He started making kokeshi in 1950. Then he invented a new style with new manufacturing techniques.

Today Usaburo has six artisans trained by Usaburo.

49,00 €

  • 0,3 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Creative kokeshi by Hiroshi Kato

Little kokeshi about 15cm (6")

 

 

A true work of art of Hiroshi Kato; artist who produced kokeshi in the 60's only! It is therefore rare to find kokeshi of this artist.

His signature on this model seems to have disappeared

49,00 €

  • 0,2 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Okappa kokeshi

Creative kokeshi about 16 cm (6,3")

Kokeshi are often called like this (okappa) because they have this haircut squared

Note that it has a crack on the hair (right side) barely visible because of the black locks, but to consider: small price.

 

 

Hanko seal by the artisan

25,00 €

  • 0,5 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Kokeshi jean's with haori

This kokeshi is 23 cm (9") with a lovely jean haori !!

Pretty haircut, haori material and the expression of her face really give her an elegant appearance !

 

A few words in japanese by the craftsman

65,00 €

55,00 €

  • 1,5 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Creative kokeshi 16cm

This maiko kokeshi is 16 cm (6,3")

 

35,00 €

  • 0,5 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Creative kokeshi by Sadao Kishi

This kokeshi is 25cm (9,8") really gracefull and with its roundness !

 

 

Hanko seal by the artisan Sadao Kishi (1932-1998)

This renowned craftsman won many awards.

49,00 €

  • 1 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Creative kokeshi by Hajime Miyashita

This creative kokeshi doll is 28cm (11"), elegant and chic !

 

Hanko seal by the artisan Hajime Miyashita (1940-) 

Since 2006 he is retired. To come across some Hajime Miyashita's kokeshi is a real pleasure ! 

45,00 €

  • 0,5 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Creative kokeshi by Genso

This lovely koekshi is 13 cm (5")

 

 

Hanko seal by the artisan Genso 

35,00 €

  • 0,5 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Creative kokeshi by Kojo Tanaka

This creative kokeshi doll is 16cm (6,3")

Smiling and so cute ! Notice that she lost her little bow !

 

 

Hanko seal by the artisan Kojo Tanaka

35,00 €

29,00 €

  • 0,5 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Creative kokeshi by Tomio Ishida

She is 17cm (6,7")

Very unusual with her ridge kimono ! Notice she lost her bow.

 

 

Hanko seal by the artisan Tomio Ishida

35,00 €

  • 0,5 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Creative kokeshi by Ishida Waichi

She is 16 cm (6,3")

This little musician lost her kanzashi  (as often happens with these vintage kokeshi)

 

 

Hanko seal by the artisan Ishida Waichi

39,00 €

29,00 €

  • 1 kg
  • disponible
  • 5 à 8 jours de délai de livraison

Matagoro kokeshi 18cm

She is 18cm (7")

The Matagoro kokeshi dolls dates back several hundred years.

These Matagoro kokeshi dolls are made from sugi wood (Japanese cedar) which is very soft.

currently 9th generation of MATAGORO family !

 

The back is signed Matagoro.

29,00 €

25,00 €

  • 0,2 kg
  • disponible
  • 3 à 5 jours de délai de livraison