Kokeshi Doll by Murakami Kenichi


This kokeshi doll by Murakami Kenichi (1929-1999) is a rare doll in mint condition. Standing at 32cm made from one piece of timber and artist signature stamp on the bottom. This doll is a contemporary mid century doll with a simple form and face accentuating the wood grain. 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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