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Aoki Ryouka Shigure

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This charming 9" Kokeshi was made by Aoki Ryouka (also spelled Ryoka). The faces on her dolls seem to be what attracts me the most. There is a paper tag on the bottom with the name Shigure - Doll of the Gentle Shower, copyright 1986, the number 052/15,000 and Ryouka's mark. On the older dolls like this one, it's not unusual to see dings, toning or "age spots" but it pleases me to think that each Kokeshi is an individual, even when new, and each ages uniquely. That seems very comforting to me as I'm getting older. There is a very nice selection of Ryouka's contemporary Kokeshi at Wahooya.com if you don't mind scrolling through their Kokeshi category to look at them. Her item numbers all start with R-.