Miriam makeba doll

Friday, November 11, 2016

A pair of large dento kokeshi dolls made by Shozo Akakarita

This is an example of the vintage dento kokeshi dolls. Kento Ogawa  translated for our museum the artisan's  information  written on the bottom of each kokeshi doll.

Accordingly, the male figure has written only the artisan's given name: Shozo. In contrast, on the bottom of the female kokeshi figure the complete information is given - the artisan's name and surname: Shozo Akakarita.

Those types of kokeshi dolls are traditionally made as a pair. Therefore, this example has become - a way of knowing -  especially helpful during the identification process when only artisan's first name is written on the bottom of both figures.

 Dolls height 37 cm.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Isabelle Jim handmade Navajo doll

Certificate of Authenticity Isabelle Jim Artist #113124

'DINE , 'The People' as Navajo call themselves, live today on the largest Indian reservation in the United States. Much of the Navajo lifestyle has been passed down from generation unchanged from ancient times. Many men and women wear the traditional velveteen tops decorated with silver and turquoise. the women's skirts are long full skirts of either velveteen or calico. The Navajo, are well-known for their sandpainting, silversmithing and rug weaving.'