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Vintage Naruko kokeshi doll, by Matsusaburo ITO (1894-1976), Naruko style | こけし古物 伊藤松三郎(鳴子系)

Vintage Naruko kokeshi doll, by Matsusaburo ITO (1894-1976), Naruko style | こけし古物 伊藤松三郎(鳴子系)

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This is a 1970’s vintage Naruko style kokeshi doll, by Matsusaburo ITO (1894-1976) in Tohoku, Japan.

This kokeshi was made around 1975 when he was 81 years old. (Some elder craftsmen used an old counting system. The actual age and the year were different sometimes).

The body pattern is maple. 

Due to age, this kokeshi has discolouration and spots.

The small items are not included in the product.


craftsman : Matsusaburo ITO 伊藤松三郎

style : Naruko 鳴子系

He was born in 1894, his father died when he was just 3 years old. Then he was taken in by Kintaro TAKAHASHI (1843-1906) who was a woodworker. (It has been said that he made kokeshi dolls.)

Matuzaburo started learning woodwork under the guidance of Mangoro TAKAHASHI who was Kintaro’s son, when Mtsuzaburo was 11 years old. From 1911, he moved around Tohoku, Hokkaido, Tokyo and Kamchatka in Russia as a woodworker, carpenter and fisherman.

He returned to Naruko in 1936. He became independent in 1937. At the beginning, he made only kokeshi’s bodies for some kokeshi craftsmen. He started making kokeshi dolls with his signature in 1938.

Approx. dimensions

  • height : 25cm / 9.84inch
  • diameter : head 6.5cm / 2.55inch, base 5.5cm / 2.16inch
  • weight :  354.0g

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 ]

We 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 BASE 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.


鳴子系 伊藤松三郎工人のこけしです。こけし底のメモより、1975年頃、工人81歳時に作られました。胴模様は楓です。



  • 高さ : 約25cm
  • 直径 : 頭約 6.5cm、底約 5.5cm
  • 重さ :  354.0g

1894年 宮城県古川市に生まれる





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