Kokeshi Doll by Kenichi


This kokeshi doll by Kenichi (1929-1999) is a large doll in excellent condition.  Standing at 37cm and 46cm round at the base made from one large burl of timber and stained a dark colour which enhances the woodworking skill of Kenichi. The artist signature stamp on the bottom. This doll has a child like face capturing innocence and the snow coat is simply carved showing the beauty of the wood grain. The lighter colour on the back is the natural wood grain of the burl.  Different carving techniques are used to represent other parts of the garments. A highly collectable kokeshi doll.

Murakami Kenichi, 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 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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