Creative Kokeshi | Moderne Styling of Yukata | Early 1930’s

Art Moderne, was a late type of the Art Deco design style which emerged during the 1930s. At its best, art deco represented elegance, glamour, functionality and abstract simplicity. Craftsmen in all fields emulated this style, copying cubism, modernism, and futurism, in motifs, and as illustrated here, in the design of the woman’s Yukata (a Yukata is a Japanese casual summer or bath garment usually made of cotton, and literally means bathing clothes, and worn with sandals called Geta). The structure of this type of decoration is based on mathematical geometric shapes. It was widely considered to be an eclectic form of elegant and stylish modernism, being influenced by a variety of sources as Japan began to open its awareness of the world and other cultures. In Japan, the 1933 residence of Prince Asaka in Tokyo is a Moderne/Art Deco house turned museum.

This lathe turned doll emphasizes the wood (paulownia) grain texture with very simple black and red geometric and cherry blossom motif. Her hair is pulled back into a “bun” with a simple red hair bow painted on the top. The piece has the name of the onsen/bath inscribed on the body of the piece, along with the artists name: Hoshi, father of Hiroaki Hoshi who was also a Kokeshi craftsman. Dimensions: 9-1/2”h.

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