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Vintage Naruko kokeshi doll, by Kenzaburo OHNUMA (1894-1983), Naruko style | こけし古物 大沼健三郎(鳴子系)

Vintage Naruko kokeshi doll, by Kenzaburo OHNUMA (1894-1983), Naruko style | こけし古物 大沼健三郎(鳴子系)

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This is a 1960’s vintage Naruko kokeshi doll, by Kenzaburo OHNUMA (1894-1983) in Tohoku, Japan.

This kokeshi was made around 1961 when he was 67 years old (Some elder craftsmen used an old counting system. The actual age and the year were different sometimes).

The facial expression with an upward glance looks like a child is waring a guilty expression or thinking a plan in front of her parents. It is an adorable wooden doll.

 The wooden pattern under the head (we call it the shoulder) is ‘biri kanna moyou’, which was carved with a wooden plane. Biri is an onomatopoeia for the sound of the plane, Biri Biri.

The small items are not included in the product.


craftsman : OHNUMA, Kenzaburo 大沼健三郎

style : Naruko 鳴子系

He was born as the fifth son of Jinzaburo Ohnuma(1847-1911) who was a woodworker in Naruko town of Tohoku. He started learning woodwork when he dropped out of junior high school. 
He worked in the city and some Naruko areas for a while. He came back to his hometown in 1927, and he resumed woodwork and making his kokeshi dolls from 1937.

Approx. dimensions

  • height : 30.5cm / 12.00inch
  • diameter : head 8cm / 3.14inch, base 7cm / 2.75inch
  • weight :  678.5g

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.


大沼 健三郎 (1894-1983)工人による、1960年代のヴィンテージ鳴子こけしです。


  • 高さ : 約30.5cm
  • 直径 : 頭約 8cm、底約 7cm
  • 重さ :  678.5g

1894年 宮城県鳴子の木地業大沼甚三郎の五男として生まれる
1909年 父について木地修行





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