Traditional Kokeshi set with bright colored flower design
I have found two beautiful traditional Kokeshi dolls that match perfectly in terms of their characteristic facial expression and brightly colored flower design. Pay special attention to the subtle brush strokes of the hair.
The vintage Kokeshi on the left is in Hijiori style left, handmade by Mrs. Sato Kiku (1911 – 2000). Her master was Minosuke Sato who was also her husband. The Hijiori-style originated in Yamagata prefecture and Sendai city. Hijiori dolls are considered a popular model and have very distinctive facial features (such as eyes with the irises facing upwards) and bright-colored decorations. Because fewer of these Hijiori dolls are produced, they are highly favoured among collectors because they are so distinctive and attractive. Hijiori dolls are found in two styles: one with the body painted with chrysanthemums (Kiku), and divided by a narrow Obi, and one on which the body is decorated with a formation of flowers, like this doll. The colour yellow is frequently used to paint the base of the body, therefore the wood of this doll has a slight yellow hint. This doll is created in Showa ’58 (which is 1983), so it is 40 years old.
The vintage Kokeshi on the right is in Zao style and handmade by master Akira Saito (1927 – ), he is the eldest son of Kokeshi master Matsusuke Saito, raised at the foot of Mount Zao, Yamagata Prefecture. Zao style characteristics are the oversized heads, expressive eyes, long nose, hairstyles and slightly thicker waists. The bodies are brightly painted with floral designs with chrysanthemum petals, peonies and small flowers. Most have colored banding at the neck and around the bodies. This doll has a bright colored peonie on the body and some small flowers, it is a rare design of this master. It most likely dates back from the 80’s. Both dolls are in good vintage condition.
Style: traditional Hijiori and Zao style
Height: left: 25 cm | right: 22,5 cm
Diameter foot: left: 4,3 cm | right: 4,7 cm
Weight: left: 292 gram | right: 362 gram
Look at the pictures carefully to assess the condition of these vintage items. Read how to take care of Kokeshi on my FAQ page.