Vintage Kokeshi Doll by Usaburo – Early Spring (22cm/8.6 inches)


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Beautiful creative kokeshi doll by Okamoto Yuji (son of Master Okamoto Usaburo). Her title is 早春 (soushun) which means “Early Spring”. Her body is stunningly decorated with camellia flowers and her hair is delicately carved.

Okamoto Usaburo, the founder of the famous Usaburo kokeshi was born in Gunma prefecture in 1917 and started making kokeshi dolls in 1950. He is considered to be a pioneer in the kokeshi world thanks to his original machines that he developed for kokeshi making and the way he revolutionized the carving and burning process by introducing new techniques.
He also explored using types of trees that haven’t been traditionally used before for kokeshi making, such as chestnut and keyaki (thanks to their wonderful ugrain). After a considerable effort he succeed in creating marvelous dolls out of them as well as flower vases. He won many prizes for his works, including the prize of the Minister of International Trade and Industry.

Height: 22cm/8.6 inches

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