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JAPANESE KOKESHI DOLLS

Kokeshi dolls are usually made of wood.  The earliest are those with a simple found head atop a shaft meant to be the body.  Over time, the art form has progressed to include a wide variety of dolls.  Please enjoy some from our collection.  Also, we apologize that there are so few and what there are......are moving to good homes faster than I ever imagined.  We look for these while on our tours.  They are becomming harder to find and more expensive with each trip.  So, if you are interested in these wonderful dolls, I suggest checking back often.  Those making purchases will receive an email when this page is updated.

To help determine the size of these kokeshi, there is a board behind the dolls with horizontal lines at the height of 5, 10 and 15 inches.   In addition, there are two standard wine bottle corks in each photo. 

Here are the codes which follow the identifying number for some kokeshi: 

bullet b = bobble head
bullet d = dirty
bullet f = faded or paint smeared or paint has run
bullet k = kappa (mythical animal that lives in river bottoms, P = Pair where the price is for both
bullet p = pair
bullet s = this kokeshi is signed by the builder (the usual) or dated by the owner
bullet t = tanuke (Japanese animal similar to raccoon)

If a particular kokeshi has been sold, the number associated with that kokeshi will be replaced by an x.    

Prices are based on what we paid to acquire them and the condition of the kokeshi.        

THE FOLLOWING TWO PHOTOS DEMONSTRATE HOW I HAVE INDICATED WHETHER THE ITEM: THE PRICE, WHETHER IT IS AVAILABLE, IF IT IS SIGNED, ETC, ETC :

                                            Japanese    kokeshi

Top Left are $250 each:    740s       x      742d      x          means top left photo where price for each is $250 (ouch!), second from left and one to extreme right have been sold, 740 is signed, 742 is dirty

Top right are $175 each:      1054p       1055bp       x         means   top right photo where price for each is $175, first two kokeshi to extreme left come as a pair, have number 1054 and you get both for the astounding price of $175; two in middle (the round ones) also come as a pair, have number 1055 and they are bobbers; pair to extreme right have been sold

THE FOLLOWING ARE AVAILABLE:

Above  $40 each:         SOLD                SOLD             SOLD                 SOLD

          Below  $35 each:           5s         6s           7s              8s

 

Above  $35  each:     SOLD         10s               SOLD                   12s

       Below $30 each:    13s            14s            15s               

Above  $30  each:    16s            17s

Below $25 each:    18s            19            20 fs

Above  $25  each:    21s            22s            23

            Below $25 each:    24fs            25s            26s                 SOLD

Above  $20  each:    28fs            29s            30fs            SOLD

            Below $20 each:    SOLD            33s            34s            SOLD          

Above  $20  each:    36s            SOLD              SOLD

      Below left  $15 each:     39 whirling acrobats            40 wooden shishi in original signed box

             Below right $15 each:     SOLD           42            43 mineature hagoita with stand    

Above left  $10  each:    SOLD two in bath tub          45 gosho with fire staff        46  toothpick holder

     Above right  $10 each:   SOLD          SOLD         SOLD

Below left $10 each:         SOLD               51p

     Below right $10 each:       SOLD           SOLD

Above  $10:       SOLD

     Below left  $8 each:    SOLD        SOLD           SOLD            SOLD

         Below right $8 each:    59 baby rattle        SOLD        61 seven gods with ceramic faces

Above left $8  each:      62 baby in basket            63 baby in basket

          Above right $8 each:     SOLD            SOLD

Below left $6 each:        SOLD             67b            68b

         Below right $6 each:       SOLD             SOLD

Above left $6  each:          SOLD                 SOLD 

          Above right $6 each:        SOLD              SOLD               SOLD

Below left $5 each:          SOLD              SOLD          

         Below right $5 each:     78            79kbp          SOLD

Above left $5  each:        81            82            83            84 

          Above right $5 each:        85            SOLD            SOLD

Below left $4 each:         SOLD            SOLD            90b                    

         Below right $4 each:     91         SOLD       93

Above left $4  each:         SOLD            SOLD           SOLD            97b

          Above right $4 each:        98b         SOLD         SOLD          SOLD

Below left $4 each:           102            SOLD            104t            105t       

         Below right $3 each:         SOLD           107b            SOLD

Above left $3  each:          109            110            SOLD            112

          Above right $3 each:         SOLD             SOLD            115b            116p

Below left $3 each:      SOLD        SOLD            SOLD        SOLD         SOLD            

         Below right $3 each:      SOLD              SOLD              SOLD              SOLD             SOLD

Above left $3  each:          SOLD           128             SOLD

          Above right $3 each:        130         

Below left $2 each:          132             133            134

         Below right $2 each:      135k             SOLD             SOLD            SOLD

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   Kokeshi Sake Bottle:   I have THREE available where one has a small chip in the bottle just below where the face would connect.   Yes, that chip can be seen but it is very, very minor.    The good bottles are $20 each.    The one with the minor chip is $10.

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