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Decorative Arts ➔ Kokeshi

This mushroom-shaped creative kokeshi has a painted face that features fringe bangs and arms with draped sleeves. There is also a red seal of Japanese on the underside that translates to "Issetsu. 

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
2.25" 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. 

Kuribayashi Issetsu
Kuribayashi Issetsu (栗林 一雪) was born in the 1920s in Yonezawa City, Japan. He began creating kokeshi in the 1950s and is known as one of the founding fathers of the Sosaku Kokeshi Movement. He passed away in 2011. 

In Japan, family names, or last names, are often written first and given names, or first names, are written last. 

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