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Miyajima Muhitsu Kokeshi

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The smaller Miyajima Muhitsu Kokeshi was part of another one of my collections of Japanese items. I suspect you can figure it out from the photos. I have seen several of his dolls with rounded bodies decorated with flowers and having "winged" hats. I like them very much for the decoration and the grain of the dark woods he uses. However, when I saw the 17 inch version of my original doll (only 9 3/4 inches) I couldn't resist it. Someone recently asked me whether the erotic component they saw in some of the Kokeshi was intended by the maker, and I pointed to these two and said I would be surprised if it weren't. Just another aspect of the convention and tradition of Kokeshi to be explored.