KOKAJI, Japanese Noh Theater Character, Hakata clay
Absolutely rare, finelly modeled and hand-painted, large
and heavy Japanese antique
Hakata ceramic doll of Noh Theatre Actor as Kokaji with mask
and beautiful stage costume, white long hair wig with
tiara in form of a silver fox. The actor has balanced in
a dance pose standing on one his leg and holds his sleeves
ends in his hands.
Very expressive and dynamic figure could be the gem of the collection of Japanese art
“Kokaji”( The Sword smith) is a popular play of Noh Theatre,
whose story tells about the events that took place in the
11th century. In that time the Emperor ordered Sanjo
no Kokaji Munechika, a renowned sword maker, to
forge a sword, he saw in his dream. And Munechika
insisted at first that he cannot forge a sword because he
does not have a partner sword-smith, who is as skilful he
And then Sanjo no Kokaji Munechika visited
the Inari Shrine and prayed. And the deity
of Inari ( The Fox) Shrine appeared as a boy and
promised to work with Munechika as his partner.
And finely they successfully forged an excellent sword for
the Emperor. And it was engraved with two names on the sword
“Kokaji Munechika” and “Kogitsune" (
The figurine is in very good condition overall with no cracks or missing parts,
however some little yellowish dust spots (see photos) due to the fact
that it is an old thing.
Figure signed by famous Japanese artist.
Wide wooden stand in a shape of Noh
Theatre's stage and wooden stand with the artist name come
Time: Around 1950's
Artist name: Yachiro
Dimensions: 31 cm / 12,2 inches high
Price: US$ 820.00
*Express mail delivery fee with full insurance will be approx.
US$ 95.00 - 98.00
**Japanese traditional glass-wooden box for storage and
display can be provided additionally by request