Please note: These dolls are vintage and are subjects to signs of wear.
Kokeshi Lamp 01 - Medium
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Kokeshi are wooden dolls that originate from the Tōhoku region of north-eastern Japan and which emerged as a folk craft from hot spring mountain villages at the end of the Edo period (1603-1868 CE).
I first came across some Kokeshi dolls in Kempton market a few years ago. I was struck by their elongated, limbless bodies, disproportionately large heads and delicate hand-painted features. Bold and bright in colour, each doll was unique and I wanted to give all of them a new home. So I started to collect them. One day when I came across a very large doll (43cm) in height, I wondered what it would look like as a lamp-base, and so I had one made up. Now I’ve made a collection of lamps from my collection of dolls.
I love the idea of giving these dolls a new life with a new purpose, whilst acknowledging the craftsmanship and general importance of Kokeshi dolls within Japanese culture.
All six prefectures in the Tōhoku region – Aomori, Akita, Iwate, Miyagi, Yamagata and Fukushima – have a heritage of kokeshi making and there are 12 styles of doll across the region, each hailing from a different hot spring (onsen) town or area, and differentiated by head and body shape, facial features and decoration.
In the villages where kokeshi were made, they were often given as gifts on the birth of a child, with the baby’s name painted on the reverse of the body.
Sizes: 43.5cm high incl. light fitting
- Brand new lighting fitting and base
- Sophisticated twisted fabric chord
- Switch plug