Vintage Kokeshi by Miyajima Muhitsu


A vintage kokeshi by Miyajima (1929-) is another collectors delight. She is about 43cm tall with artist signature on the bottom and in absolutely perfect condition. She is wearing the traditional fuyu kasa headdress seen on many of his dolls with a top knot. Her body is faintly carved and etched with a hot poker creating a simple floral design while the edges of her garments are carved so as not to detract from the beautiful wood grain. View some other kokeshi by miyajima kokeshi for sale

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of his works and was a kind of headcovering for Buddhists, which was overly large, in a bowl or mushroom shape, and was originally made from woven rice straw.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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