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Decorative Arts ➔ Kokeshi

This creative kokeshi has a top knot and painted hair as well as red lips. The body features a wheat-patterned kimono and black Japanese characters on the underside translate to "Kishi Sadao" who was the artist. This doll is titled Seshin No Komugi which means Spirit of the Wheat. 

Kokeshi are wooden dolls lacking arms or legs that were first produced in the Tohuku region of Japan. They were originally intended to be used as children's toys however they have become popular among collectors and are often used as decoration. Kokeshi can be categorized into two groups, traditional and creative. Traditional dolls are simple in design and are divided into eleven different types that coincide with the area they were created. These types have particular shapes and designs to help distinguish them. Creative kokeshi were first produced after World War II and feature unique designs, shapes, and colors that are not found in their traditional counterparts. 
circa 1950 – 1980
9.25" h 2.5" w 2.5" d
Gift of Etta M. Hesselink

Etta M. Hesselink
Etta Hesselink and her husband John served the Reformed Church as missionaries and teachers in Japan from 1953 to 1973, and they and their five children all developed a deep appreciation for Japanese art and culture. 

Kishi Sadao
Kishi Sadao (岸 貞男 (さだを) ) was born in Gunma-cho, Japan in 1932. He won many awards for his kokeshi creations. He passed away in 1998. 
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