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Kokeshi; Kijiyama, Akita Prefecutre

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Folk Art: Pre 1980: Item # 494856

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Kokeshi, folk toy of NE Japan. Wood, height 9.75". Kijiyama-kei, Akita Prefecture. Made by Abe Youko; born April 3, 1932. This kokeshi probably dates from the 1970's. Women kokeshi makers, such as Ms. Abe, are in the minority in Japan in this craft that is usually handed down from father to son. Also, unique & interesting about Kijiyama style kokeshi is the depiction of the apron ("maekake" or "maedare") on the body.