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Japan - "Kokeshi" Dolls

Japan - Kokeshi Dolls

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Kokeshi dolls originate from the Tohoku region of Northern Japan, well-known for its Onsen resorts during the middle of the Edo period (1600–1868) when kijiya (woodworkers), accustomed to making bowls and trays, began using their woodworking skills and lathes to make simple dolls to sell as toys and souvenirs to the Onsen visitors.

The dolls may originally have had a spiritual significance with the Kokeshi,representing a wish for a healthy child. It has also been suggested that Kokeshi, with their round heads and limbless bodies probably made in an unpainted form originally, were used as massage tools by spa bathers. The name 'Kokeshi' itself is thought to derive from a combination of names given to the wooden dolls in the various areas of their manufacture.

These beautiful dolls are handed down from generation to generation, the Kokeshi dolls that we have sourced are also hand me downs that have been bought from Antique stores in Japan, this adds to there true authenicity and spirituality that they hold, each one is unique so therefore sizes do vary between each doll as none are identical. Each piece has different artwork, colours and facial expressions. The smooth finish of the wood turning makes for a truly unique and sensational doll. Great for little hands to look at and play with.

Not suitable for children under 3 years of age, made of solid wood

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