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Muramitsu Fumio and Miyahara Taiji Kokeshi Compared

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Each of these were identified as Tsugaru - Nuruyu style Kokeshi when I purchased them and, because they both had "shapely figures" and Daruma decorative designs, I thought so, too. Now, looking at them side by side, I see other characteristics that have changed my mind. Let's see if you agree. The 9 1/2" Kokeshi identified as being by Muramitsu Fumio has his signature on the bottom, the stylized "Ainu" pattern around her shoulders, painted rokuro rings, black hair covering the whole top of her head, a Daruma on her skirt, and one piece construction with a slender waistline. These are typical Tsugaru - Nuruyu characteristics. The 12" Kokeshi identified as being by Miyahara Taiji, however, is signed on the back, the body has a kimono style v-shaped opening at the neck with distinctly different patterns on the top and bottom, hair only around the face, one piece construction with a defined neck, and a Daruma on her skirt. These are typical Kijiyama characteristics. The only feature of the 12" doll that isn't typical of Kijiyama is her narrow waist, so, until I find more information about Miyahara Taiji, I'm inclined to keep her with my other Kijiyama Kokeshi. Let me know if you disagree, or if you can tell me about Miyahara Taiji. I would love to hear from you.