Japanese Naruko Kokeshi Doll Signed, Rare Vintage 12 " tall
Naruko Kokeshi Signed by the artist. She is from the early 20th century and was made in Northern Japan. She measures 12 inches tall x 4 inches at the base. The condition is very good.
Dolls shapes and patterns are particular to a certain area and are classified under eleven types, this doll is a Naruko type. Handmade by Japanese artisans from wood. Have a simple trunk as a body and an enlarged head and no arms. The Kokeshi dolls is said that were originally made by wood carvers of Shinchi Shuraku, during the middle of the Edo period (1600-1868) to be sold to people who were visiting the hot springs of Togatta in Zao.
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