I'm in the process of adding a Gallery Page with more detailed pictures of my dolls, and a place for other collectors to share photos of their collection. If you would like me to add pictures of your dolls, please let me know. Thanks!!
August 24, 2005
I haven't updated for awhile, but was very excited about a doll I just bought and wanted to share it with you. It is a nesting (the little dolls are stored inside) Ejiko Kokeshi doll handcrafted by the artist Mito Hiroshi (Y.O.B. 1933). I've seen his dolls before and always loved the cute expression on their faces. Every one of his dolls has the same adorable face. I'm not sure if you can see in the picture - but the doll has a big smile. (99% of Traditional Kokeshi have serious expressions and tiny mouths) He is my favorite Kokeshi artist. He is famous for using the Zelkova Tree for his dolls. It is a high quality, beautifully colored wood. I was told that this doll is rare - even the babies are signed by the artist. The detail on these tiny dolls is amazing. I was so happy to find this cutie!
I found this info on the internet about Ejiko Kokeshi:
Japanese farmers used to put their babies inside a kind of basket and take him/her in this basket to the field while they are working. This kokeshi doll is a representation of a baby in a basket. This style developed into a whole new type of Kokeshi, became a unique style of its own, and is now called EJIKO Kokeshi.
Some Ejiko are hollow; carved inside with the upper part of the doll (from neck up) serving as a lid. These are Ejiko that can also be used as containers.
Any artist crafting Kokeshi from any family of Kokeshi can make Ejiko Kokeshi. The doll will still carry the artist's characteristics of design, and particularly the face of the doll will be the same as his/her regular shaped dolls.