Large kokeshi by Miyajima


Large kokeshi by Miyajima (1929-) called “Kitaguni” is very collectable and not many found in such mint condition. This beautiful kokeshi doll is 46cm tall and won the highest award in Japan Sosaku Kokeshi show in 1970. This model is the representative doll of the artist and also was often published in known old Kokeshi books.. The artist signature is on the bottom and the wood grain is beautiful, a very dark patina with subtle green hand painted floral design on the body. We have this famous kokeshi doll in 3 sizes.

Miyajima-san began his career under the tutelage of Master Yamagata craftsman Kobayashi, in the mid-to late 40s, and then switched to Sosaku doll making in the 1950s. His dolls have had a great influence on Creative, (Sosaku), kokeshil makers since then.

Simple form and function is the theme to Miyajima’s creations. The wood is most critical in his interpretation of the seasons and often incorporates the snow coat called ‘Mino”, which adds depth and character to his pieces. The wearing of the traditional Fuyu Kasa, (hat), of the 1950s is seen on many of his works and was a kind of headcovering for Buddhists, which was overly large, in a bowl or mushroom shape, and was originally made from woven rice straw. He typically incorporates sumi-e’ brush work into his representation of faces, and uneven carved grooving giving ornamentation and texture to the figure. Miyajima-san works in a variety of beautiful woods, but seems to prefer the heavy, dark colored Enju wood, (Pagoda tree), for it’s rich colors and interesting grain.

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