Monday, May 27, 2013
Fellow kokeshi enthusiasts, greetings from somewhere in the Middle East! My job has sent me to this very hot, dry part of the world, but unfortunately I cannot say the location. Anyway, I brought one kokeshi to keep me company during my stay here. As you can see, it's a beautiful Togatta kokeshi 遠刈田系こけし that Naoko and I got sometime last year. It was used, but I can't recall if it was from a Tokyo Kokeshi Friends meeting, or if we received it as a gift, but it's a beautiful piece. I really like the kimono collar and "pound sign" motif. I'm not sure whose work this is, so I've posted a photo of the signature on the back of the kokeshi if you're curious. I don't have my kokeshi craftsmen reference books with me right now, so finding out who made it is difficult. Anyway, these may be the first pictures of a kokeshi taken in the Middle Eastern desert!