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I don't know how it happened but one day, I just became a collector first it started with Gaming memorabilia and then moved into Japanese Kokeshi and Mineral spheresI don't know how it happened but one day, I just became a collector first it started with Gaming memorabilia and then moved into Japanese Kokeshi and Mineral spheres. There are many other things but right now I'm still in denial. I really enjoy the vintage and hand made items that tell a story. (Read more)

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  1. Your Grandma and Grandpa are by Tanaka Akitsune -Soul
  2. Hi all wanted to clarify some definitions, on Sosaku and Shingata I previously commented that the terms were used interchangeably for what westerners call creative Kokeshi. There are some infused Koke...
  3. Hi Gampe, I have seen this beautiful Kokeshi sold and listed as being by Tomegoro, at Kaino hot springs in Japan. I do not know anything more about this artist. Regards -Soul
  4. bushbaby, I wanted to shoot you an email and realized I don't have your email! Can you send me a quick mail so I can reply Brossia@soulportals.com Thank you, much. -Soul
  5. You're very welcome, a glass case isn't really necessary, some people like to keep them dust free so they put them in cases. I would just recommend keeping them away from light (since it fades the pai...
  6. melaniej as japanfanbeb mentioned this is a Nemariko (sitting), Tsuchiyu Traditional Kokeshi Doll. These specific types of dolls are often given out as gifts during the Hinamatsuri (doll day or girl...
  7. melaniej, your very welcome, they are a treat to collect and I'm always surprised at the places they show up. I like the choice of your words, "Habit" sounds much better than mine, "addiction" they c...
  8. bushbaby I was equally as surprised, it certainly made me take a double look and when I compared to other Niiyama-san Kokeshi sure enough the nose! eyes.... it just all came together. Thank you too, I...
  9. One of our members, recognized it right away! To my surprise it is a Yajiro Kokeshi! It is by Niiyama Junichi ( Y.O.B 1953 - ) , His master is Niiyama Keimi , the father of Niiyama Junichi. -Soul
  10. Great! I will ask in my FBG and see if anyone can translate the signature into a name. I'll post soon as I have something. -Soul
  11. Great find, Another Usaburo Kokeshi -soul
  12. Hi melaniej your beautiful Kokeshi is by Usaburo. It doesn't typically come with a box someone may have created one to match it - soul
  13. Hi Dave, these look like Korean style wooden dolls. Often I see them listed as "Kokeshi" and some even have the "made in Japan" stamp. I am unsure of who the artist or artisans are, I have not come up...
  14. I totally forgot to post to your comment, my apologies! I have uploaded Ishinomaki Kokeshi picture. http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/177065-ishinomaki-Kokeshi they come form Sendai. Shoji Onuma...
  15. Let me know when you get a chance to post the new signature picture. I'm so curious about this one! -Soul
  16. hmm I don't think it is the signature is not really a match. -Soul
  17. Much better picture! I have found a match it is as suspected by Kobayashi, Kotaro the book an Invitation to Kokeshi has him listed as both Yamagata and Sakunami Kokeshi. He was born in 1936 and his t...
  18. Amber Rose don't know if you ever found out about the other Kokeshi but you strikes me as being by Miyashita Hajime. I have seen very similar design and facial features by Hajime -Soul
  19. Your very welcome, there's too many to remember. I forget all the time too, lol then I start flipping through books to try to remember again.
  20. I thought Kobayashi too ... if you get a chance and get a clear picture of the signature I'll take a look see if I find a match.
  21. Susie on this one I'm leaning towards Sakunami, the body and facial feautures would be typical for that strain but I can't compare the signature to any on the album since it's too blurry. Maybe you ca...
  22. Susie this cutie is by Yuji Kawase -Soul
  23. Your very welcome! I still get confused with some of them, mostly the Nanbu, Hanamaki and Kina Kina ones since they are not very well defined and are kind of all grouped together. Just recently they a...
  24. Hi Susie, beautiful Kokeshi! I can see why you would think it was a Yamagata Kokeshi due to the rounded shoulders. However it is a Togatta Kokeshi at first I thought it to be Hijiori and then looking ...
  25. Hi Jayborneo, congratulations on your find. It is a, lovely modern Kokeshi style lamp. About age, it could be anytime after 1921 when all exports from Japan were required to be stamped "Made in Japan"...
  26. Hi AmberRose I recently discovered that The one with the bow tie is by Ryoichi (listed in the book Wooden Treasures of Japan). Totally different artist from Aoki Ryoko. Wanted to update -Soul
  27. Just ordered the book looking forward to receiving it.
  28. Bushbaby I love this one, I spent a little time trying to figure out what type of Kokeshi this one is, as it reminds me of Zao in just the way the neckline is painted and the nice hints of blue. Then ...
  29. The signature is a bit blurry but it looks like it could be a match to Haruo Sanpei. If it is him he was born in 1929 and his master was Iwamoto Yoshizo he was located in Fukushima and may have create...
  30. My apologies for the delayed response, they were unable to tell me who's signature this was. If I ever get some information on the maker I'll be sure to share here and post it. -Soul
  31. Hi bushbaby I have this same set, also a second duo with orange strips. The ones I have are actually signed, they often are not signed. However I have not been able to identify the signature. I sent i...
  32. Love your collection some of the fans appear to be fashioned after popular Ukiyo-e Artisan pieces. Thank you for sharing. -Soul
  33. Your welcome mssue, thanks Jewels have a great weekend ;}
  34. Sorry forgot to tell you the circles on top of the dolls head is called Janome and it is a traditional design, it means "Snake Eye".
  35. Hi these are indeed Kokeshi dolls. They are the traditional form, from left to right, (1) Tsugaru Kokeshi by Kojima Toshiyuki he was born in 1949 and apprenticed under the Zenji Sato (2) Naruko Kokes...
  36. Nice start to your collection Jewels!
  37. There is so much to love here... just taking a breath ... beautiful thank you for sharing.
  38. How very cool, thanks for sharing.
  39. Someone really loved gnomes, neat bunch.
  40. Beautiful display and great looking Kokeshi.
  41. Hi Bossmantom, I would start research under golliwog it was originally a character in a children's book by writer Bertha Upton in the 1890s. Also depicted as Robertson's Jam mascot. After some time so...
  42. I should clarify I'm not an expert on stone, maybe someone here can help identify the stone? I would start research with any identifying marks, now that you know what the statue is depicting, it may b...
  43. Aye, I hit enter too quickly... also meant to mention that there is the male version called Lord Ganesh -Soul
  44. Hi Being_hueman this is a statue of the Goddess Ganesha (Hinduism), considered the remover of obstacles, a patron of the sciences, arts and intellect. I can't really tell what material this is from th...
  45. Really cool collection, I only can tell you about one of these bottles 2nd picture from the left, back row, is a Japanese, Kokeshi, Rainbow Liquor Bottle, imported by The House of Koshu, LA, CA somet...
  46. Really lovely, I would search this under Toyo Ikebana Vase I found quite a few of them that look similar to this one, particularly one in red that sells for about $65 so I'm thinking you got a good de...
  47. Beautiful lamp, I'd say she's Indonesian (Balinese) fashioned to the likeness of Shinta (popular stories with Rama) also known as Wayan, Golek. -Soul
  48. Hi Jerit, beautiful sert, these are Hina Kokeshi as TubeAmp mentioned they are commonly given as gifts for Girl's Day (Hina Matsuri) and weddings. Some are more valuable than others depending on whom ...
  49. Really adorable, Accoutrements makes these, TinToyArcades currently offers them for sale -Soul
  50. Really beautiful, I did a quick search and found some information the company name was Mahana Importing Company based out of NY as shown in your picture. The magazine Antique Trader Antiques & Collect...
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