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Vintage Nanbu style kokeshi doll, by MATSUDA Seiichi (1899-1981), | こけし古物 松田精一(南部系)

Vintage Nanbu style kokeshi doll, by MATSUDA Seiichi (1899-1981), | こけし古物 松田精一(南部系)

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This is a vintage Nanbu style kokeshi doll, by Seiichi MATSUDA (1899-1981) .

This plain style kokeshi is called ‘kina kina’, which was a pacifier. It has been said that there was a ‘kibouko’-pacifier in Nanbu area in the Edo period. Some woodworkers who were working under a lord made the pacifier’s neck turn. This charming style tool for babies became familiar for ordinary people and was presented as a baby gift in the Nanbu area. The pacifiers were called ‘kina kina bokko’. Kina Kina is an onomatopoeia. Bokko is a dialect in Nanbu, which means ‘child’. (In Hokkaido, they use ‘bokko’ as ‘rod’.) 

Because kokeshi collectors started collecting Kina kina as a kind of kokeshi doll, the pacifier changed size, sometimes including painted faces and patterns as well.

The kanji on the back are
南部系 Nanbu kei- Nanbu style
キナキナ坊 kina kina bou- kina kina child
松田精一 MATSUDA Seiichi (Seiichi MATSUDA)
(It says ‘kina kina’ but don’t worry this kokeshi is unused as a pacifier! :)

The small items are not included in the product.

craftsman : MATSUDA, Seiichi(1899-1981)
style: Nanbu 南部系

Seiichi was born in a woodworker’s family. Unfortunately, his father passed when he was 2 years old, Seiichi learned woodwork under the guidance of his uncle Tokutaro MATSUDA.

After returning to his hometown from the army, he had been making wooden products. He made only plain kina kina dolls. Before WW, almost all families had kina kina in Iwate prefecture, which was in the Nanbu area.

Approx. dimensions
 - height : 19cm / 7.48inch
 - diameter :
    head 3.6cm / 1.41inch
    body 4.5 cm / 1.77inch
 - weight : 94.0g

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 ]
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[ 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19cm
  • 直径 : 頭約 3.6cm、胴約 4.5cm
  • 重さ : 94.0g




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