A very fine Japanese netsuke. Lacquered wood in the shape of a kokeshi doll with a gilt face. Originally from the northeastern region (Tohoku-chiho) of Japan. They are handmade from wood, have a simple trunk and head with a few thin, painted lines to define the face. The body often has floral and/or ring designs painted in red, black, and sometimes green purple, blue or yellow inks, and covered with a layer of wax.
One characteristic of kokeshi dolls is their lack of arms or legs. Kajikawa Family, (flourished 19th century), Japanese lacquerware artists whose school in Edo (now Tokyo) flourished for more than 200 years.
Kyjir (also called Kijir) is generally acknowledged as the founder of the family and the inaugurator of its traditions. He excelled in designing particularly delicate lacquer inr, portable medicine cases composed of a nest of tiny boxes tightly fitted into one another and secured with a silk cord. Because so much artistic skill went into decorating the outside of the inr, they were worn on the obi (a broad sash) by men of the upper classes and were prized as collectors items.
Objects exemplifying the exquisite craftsmanship of the Kajikawa artists are in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and in the Charles A. Greenfield Collection, New York City. 1.5"l x 1.25"w.
The item "FINE Quality Antique Japanese Lacquered Wooden Netsuke inr inro SIGNED Kajikawa" is in sale since Sunday, November 25, 2018. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Netsuke". The seller is "cosmic_goods" and is located in Freeport, Maine. This item can be shipped worldwide.