planet is closing soon and all items in the showroom and online are now discounted 25% at checkout. the showroom is open standard hours 10am till 5pm tuesdays through saturdays (closed public holidays) ... we are selling through all homeware stock (however all planet furniture is sold.)..in the showroom there are a few vintage furniture pieces and showroom fixtures available for sale also
vintage kokeshi doll 49
vintage kokeshi doll 49
vintage kokeshi doll 49

vintage kokeshi doll 49

$529.00
description

approximate size: height 49cm

these wooden treasures first appeared in the mid edo period (1603-1867). while there remains some discussion regarding their origins, it is most commonly believed that they were originally crafted as toys by wood craftsman from northern japan who were unable to work for months at a time during heavy snow in the winter.

following the devastation of wwii, products made of plastic were too expensive and overseas trips were unattainable. japanese frequently made trips all over japan to hot springs where kokeshi, which were now sold as tourist souvenirs (rather than toys) flourished. it became a custom to buy a kokeshi or two as a momento of the trip.

our vintage kokeshi at planet are from the 1950s-1970s. unfortunately, they are rapidly disappearing in modern japan making them all the more precious.

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