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Vintage kokeshi doll, by HONMA Tomegoro (1909-1974) , | 鳴子系こけし古物 本間留五郎(鳴子系)

Vintage kokeshi doll, by HONMA Tomegoro (1909-1974) , | 鳴子系こけし古物 本間留五郎(鳴子系)

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This is a 1970’s vintage kokeshi doll, by HONMA, Tomegoro(1909-1974) who was a Naruko style kokeshi craftsman.

According to the note by the previous owner, on the bottom, this kokeshi was made in 1973, which was the 48th year of the Showa era in Japan.

The round face with chubby cheeks gives a soft image to this kokeshi doll.

About the Showa era. It ran from1926 to 1989. We called the emperor Hirohito ‘Showa emperor’. The Showa was the 246th era in Japan. When you will see two digits on the bottom of a kokeshi doll, it might be the era’s number. After Showa, we had the Heisei era (1989-2019) and Reiwa (2019-).

The small items are not included in the product.

craftsman : HONMA, Tomegoro 本間留五郎
style: Naruko 鳴子系
He was born in Yamagata prefecture, which is the neighboring prefecture of Miyagi, that has Naruko town. Because his elder brother was a craftsman of urushi lacquerware painting, his parents suggested him to learn woodworking. Tomegoro became an apprentice of Hitoshi OKAZAKI (1897-1982) who was a Naruko style kokeshi craftsman, when he was 16 years old.
He joined the army from 1937. When he returned to his hometown, he decided to become independent as a woodworker. He started making kokeshi dolls around 1941. This kokeshi was made 1 year before he died.

Approx. dimensions
 - height : 24cm / 9.44inch
 - diameter :
    head 7cm / 2.75inch
    base 6cm / 2.36inch
 - weight : 417.0g

Please consider the following :
- Our Kokeshis are painted with water colors, so they can be easily damaged by water. Please use a dry cloth to clean it.
- Our kokeshi are made of wood, so please avoid exposure to direct sunlight or heat. Humidity may damage the kokeshi. Please avoid excess moisture. (especially direct air from the air conditioner damages to the kokeshi dolls.)

We strive to take photographs that are as accurate as possible to the actual product. However, please note that the color of the product photos may differ from the actual color depending on the environment in which you view them, such as on a computer or smartphone. Thank you for your understanding.

 [About shipment ]
I send your parcel by DHL to the world. The estimated time will be 5-10 days. The shipment fee will be calculated by the number of products you buy. Please double check your registered sending address on Shopify before completing your order. Every shipment has the tracking number. We will send you the number after shipping your parcel.

[ Custom Tariff ]
Every customer is responsible for any customs and taxes when you import items from Japan. Especially, the customers from EU, UK and some other countries, sorry this shop doesn’t accept IOSS in those countries. The delivery staff will ask you to pay the tax when they deliver.
We are not responsible for delays due to customs.



  • 高さ : 約24cm
  • 直径 : 頭約 7cm、底約 6cm
  • 重さ : 417g




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