The Sosaku style Kokeshi dolls literally means “Creative Creations” and they are a type of wooden doll made by turning on a lathe. Sosaku craftsman express a certain theme through the creation of their dolls. This wonderful Kokeshi is the snow coat style in which her clothing is in black, with her contrasting natural color face and reddish-brown muffler which is the focal point of this piece entitled: “Kogarashi – Chilly North Wind.”
Shouzan was born in Ohita Prefecture of Japan; he had received the most prestigious highly coveted Prime Minister Award in 1962. The piece is not signed and marked on the bottom “Made in Japan”. Showing minor ware for its age which, we estimate around early 1960’s.
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection