Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: Vermillion Publishing; 1st edition (April 1, 2005)
Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 6.6 x 0.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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I go to extreme length to find informative publications on Japanese dolls, and a friend presented me with this exciting new publication. The authors have threaded throughout the text, oversized photographic images of individual Kokeshi, often with the marks of the makers incorporated into the design. This links visual information to content while honing the collector's eye. I take my book to every flea market to support my buying of these wonderful Japanese dolls.
Kokeshi: Wooden Treasures of Japan, a Visual Explorationoffers both a beautiful object in its own right and a clarifying history of the dolls, leavened with nuances of cultural history and custom. For the general reader the book offers many delights, and for the specialist collector of Kokeshi, the images and marks will aid them for years to come.
an attractively designed and beautifully bound volume. maybe not as encyclopedic as one might hope, but the only book on the subject I could find! my mother collected these dolls in Japan in the early 1970's but I was clueless about them, even after Googling, so was very pleased to find the book briefly on sale from mingiearts.
Finally! A quality Kokeshi book in English! I am so happy I found it. I have quite a few Kokeshi dolls. If I had had a book like this it might not have taken me so long to figure out what to buy. Eventually I did learn a lot on my own, but I still tend to buy what I like and the unique. I don't buy them because I want to have a valuable collection. I buy them because I love them and if some happen to be rare and sought after; that's great!No, this book isn't everything a Kokeshi lover could want or need, but it is a great start. I will be buying their newer book soon.
I can't tell you what a pleasure it was to receive this book! This book was created by two gentlemen who know and understand the various forms of Japanese folk arts, having collected many items while traveling extensively in Japan. Both Mr. Wolf and Mr. Evans have backgrounds in Architecture and Graphic Design. The pictures of kokeshi are well done and include small insets of the artists' signatures , which elevate this book to a must-have for anyone interested in collecting and and understanding the nuanced differences of these delightful dolls. There aren't many books on this subject and even fewer in English, so this is the one to have!
I fell in love with Kokeshi and started a small collection though I knew nothing about them. This book gives me confidence as all of the ones I have are represented in here with stories about how they were made.... which is so helpful. I am an artist and though I appreciate the front cover visually I would not say it makes for easy page turning.
This is a real old treat for any Kokeshi collectors. For me it reads mainly as a visual reference and is extremely articulate in its choice and variety of traditional and artistic-traditional styles of representation.The publication is on wonderful thick paper with photos are of excellent quality and generous size which really gives you a sense of the wood . paint finishes and textures which make such a visual-tactile craft exciting and seductive.The book design itself also deserves an award.Treat yourself !
I use this book as a reference guide while identifying the kokeshi in my collection. So far, it is the only one I have found that is written in English. I wish it had more information still. The photos are great and a a big help as well.
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