UH30111 Japanese Naruko Kokeshi, Naruko-cho Osaki-city, Miyagi prefecture, a narrow columnar body slightly concave, hard shoulder, separate globular head with flattened top, pegged into the body by a dowel so that the head turns and squeaks, the "nightingale voice", facial features with single lid eyes, (neko-bana) "U" nose, and hair depicted in black, pony tail on top of the head, side locks in the characteristic three brushstrokes, red mizuhiki hair ribbons and brief lips, the body decorated in bands at the neck and base with two large red chrysanthemum blossoms on the shaft. Ink signature  on the base, "Akinori Ito". Excellent condition. 12" high x 3-1/2" in diameter. 20th Century.

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