Artist with his kokeshi doll. Kokeshi are Japanese dolls, originally from northern Japan. They are handmade from wood, have a simple trunk and an enlarged head with a few thin, painted lines to define the face. The body has a floral design painted in red, black, and sometimes yellow, and covered with a layer of wax. One characteristic of kokeshi dolls is their lack of arms or legs. The bottom is marked with the signature of the artist

Artist with his kokeshi doll. Kokeshi are Japanese dolls, originally from northern Japan. They are handmade from wood, have a simple trunk and an enlarged head with a few thin, painted lines to define the face. The body has a floral design painted in red, black, and sometimes yellow, and covered with a layer of wax. One characteristic of kokeshi dolls is their lack of arms or legs. The bottom is marked with the signature of the artist

"טוב ויפה": בובת קוקשי- דרישת שלום מיפן

"טוב ויפה": בובת קוקשי- דרישת שלום מיפן

Vintage Kokeshi Doll by artist Inosuke Kobayashi who was born in 1931.

Vintage Kokeshi Doll by artist Inosuke Kobayashi who was born in 1931.

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Lovely Creative Kokeshi Doll by Usaburo - MEBAE (SPROUT), Blue - MMH Collectibles Japan

Lovely Creative Kokeshi Doll by Usaburo - MEBAE (SPROUT), Blue - MMH Collectibles Japan

Kokeshi (em japonês 小芥子 ou こけし) são bonecas japonesas, originárias do norte do país. Uma marcante característica das Kokeshi é a ausência de braços e pernas. Simbolizam a alma das crianças, que as bonecas levem todo o mal que as crianças porventura possam sofrer em vida.

Kokeshi (em japonês 小芥子 ou こけし) são bonecas japonesas, originárias do norte do país. Uma marcante característica das Kokeshi é a ausência de braços e pernas. Simbolizam a alma das crianças, que as bonecas levem todo o mal que as crianças porventura possam sofrer em vida.

Vintage Japanese Kokeshi Doll with Red Kimono

Vintage Japanese Kokeshi Doll with Red Kimono

Modern kokeshi, especially the creative kokeshi, allow the artist to freely design the shape & color, and were developed after World War II.

Modern kokeshi, especially the creative kokeshi, allow the artist to freely design the shape & color, and were developed after World War II.

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