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.

A multi-award winner, Murakami-san was born in Yamagata City. Though his family were well-known woodcraftsmen, Kenichi studied oil painting in the early 1940s, but began training and creating Sosaku Kokeshi by 1946. He primarily creates dolls with minimal decoration, with an emphasis on a variety of woodworking techniques. He is a multi-prize winning artist including the coveted Prime Minister Award.

This artist loved to capture the innocence of a young child. Murakami-san prided himself on producing wonderful, textural pieces created by deep carving and horizontal cut lines to suggest and reinforce the subject. His dolls could be painted, like illustrating the yukata, or left unornamented using simple lines to suggest the use of a snow coat, (Mino) during the winter season. Sumi’-e was often employed to capture the spirit of the subject.

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