Sunday, July 8, 2007

baby kokeshi doll

Recently I've been making mini kokeshi dolls. This is "Baby". She's made out of a clothespin.

Kokeshi (jap. 小芥子 or こけし) are Japanese dolls, originally from northern Japan. They are handmade from wood, have a simple trunk and an enlarged head with a few thin, painted lines to define the face. The body has a floral design painted in red, black, and sometimes yellow, and covered with a layer of wax. One characteristic of Kokeshi dolls is their lack of arms or legs. The bottom is marked with the signature of the artist.


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