Miyajima Sosaku Kokeshi: Sunlight Through Trees

This Sosaku Kokeshi was made by Miyajima, Muhitsu, who was born in 1929. Shown is a figure peering out from the collar of the kimono, with small eyes and a red button nose. This lathe turned creation is left minimally decorated so as to compliment the natural wood color and texture, with simple sumi-e brush strokes representing trees in a forest. The natural, varied coloration of the wood simulates sunlight. This piece were produced in 1960, signed and detailed on the bottom of the piece. Dimensions: 7-3/4″h

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Miyajima-san was born in Yonezawa City of Yamagata Prefecture, Japan, home of many Traditional Kokeshi makers. Miyajima-san began his career under the tutelage of Master Yamagata craftsman Kobayashi Kichitaro in the mid-to late 40s, and then switched to Sosaku doll making in the 1950s. His dolls have had a great influence on Creative doll makers since then. Miyajima-san works in a variety of types of beautiful wood, but seems to prefer the heavy, dark colored Enju wood, (Japanese Pagoda tree), for it’s rich colors and interesting grain.

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