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kokeshi doll
  • Japan
  • kokeshi doll, late 1900s
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • wood, paint, carving
  • Object Height/Diameter: 7.5 x 2 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 2 15/16 x 3/4 in
  • Gift of William A. Scott
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0170

A male figure, identified as a kokeshi doll, carved from wood with a stylized body form without limbs. The head is attached by a wooden peg so it wobbles. The figure wears a black hat, with a silver cross on it and light blue chin strap. The figure has thick painted eyebrows and facial hair. There is a peg for a nose, which identifies this as a representation of a Tengu spirit. It has a white fan shape on the front of the body with a black and silver handle. The only indications of clothing are the two yellow rectangles above the fan with silver dots and faint grey lines continuing onto the back.