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Collection Tier:
Tier 2

Asian
Decorative Arts ➔ Kokeshi

Identifier:
2020.3.100
Description:
This creative kokeshi has a tilted head with a top knot and red hair ornament. The body features a three-dimensional kimono decorated with a floral pattern. It is also holding a floral-patterned parasol. A red seal of Japanese on the underside translates to "Miyashita Hajime" who was the artist. This kokeshi is accompanied by its box and is titled Otozore.

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. 
Date:
circa 1950 – 1980
Materials:
Wood
Dimensions:
9" h 5" w 4.75" d; 8" h 2.5" w 2.2" d
Source:
Gift of Etta M. Hesselink
Makers/Donors
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. 

Miyashita Hajime
Miyashita Hajime (宮下 はじめ) was born in Maebashi, Japan in 1940. He is an artist well-known for making kokeshis and has won many awards for his creations. 

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

Related Place
Japan
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