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Beautiful Kokeshi Dolls: A Uniquely Japanese Folk Art

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Tsuchiyu Dolls

Tsuchiyu dolls are easily identified by their long, tubular, round shouldered shape and especially by the striped pattern on their body. The heads have a “bull’s eye” circular pattern. This will be explained later. The largest doll in the photo is the only one with two camellias on it , since usually there is only one. The dollmaker said that this was the only one he made with two on it. How lucky I was to have found such a rare doll!

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Tsuchiyu Dolls
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Photo of Tsuchiyu-style kokeshi dolls from the collection of Itske and Anthony Stern. This photo was presented during a public program, Kokeshi: Not Just a Toy!, at the Japanese American ... More »


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