Kokeshi Doll by Kenichi


This kokeshi doll by Kenichi (1929-1999) is a large doll in mint condition. Standing at 37cm and 57cm round at the base made from one large burl of timber and artist signature stamp on the bottom. This doll has a child like face capturing innocence and hand carved snow coat using different carving techniques to outline other parts of the garments. A highly collectable kokeshi doll.

Murakami, a multi-award recipient, was born in Yamagata City. Kenichi studied oil painting in the early 1940s, but started practising and making Sosaku Kokeshi by 1946, despite his family’s reputation as master woodworkers. He focuses on using a range of woodworking techniques to produce dolls with minimal decoration. He has won several awards, including the prestigious Prime Minister Award.

This artist adored capturing a young child’s innocence. Murakami-san was known for creating beautiful, textural pieces with deep carving and horizontal cut lines that reflected and echoed the subject. His dolls could be decorated, as in demonstrating the yukata, or left plain with clear lines to indicate wearing a snow coat (Mino) in the winter.

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