The mailwoman arrived at my door today with the 4 kokeshi in the center that I ordered last week, not from ebay. The ones on the flanks my friend Gordon gave to me years ago, and I just realized last week that they are nesting dolls. I thought they were just smaller versions of the ones I had before, but they have 2 more dolls inside. So cute. The two smaller ones in the middle are salt and pepper shakers. Now I have a whole party.
This type of folk craft appeals to me. I had a great time at the Museum of Interntional Folk Art in Santa Fe, NM. I especially love the Girard Collection there.