Sosaku Kokeshi by Ishihara, Hideo | Snow Child
Not seen before in an Ishihara doll is one with the tied scarf used as the head covering. The beautiful wood grain defines the Hanten, (winter coat), and is finished with a simple wax. The sumi-e’ drawing of the face complements the natural wavy lines of the wood grain. Dimension: 11-3/4”h. Condition: Original with some color loss on the top of the head. The piece is signed by Ishihara and published in Sosaku Kokeshi: A New Look At An Old Tradition.
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Ishihara-san,(1925-1999), one of the most influential Sosaku Kokeshi artist, was born in Tokyo, and began his career by making Traditional Narugo dolls in 1957. His grandfather was the very famous artist Onuma Iwatao, of Narugo Onsen, Miyagi. After graduation from university, Ishihara-san was under medical care for more than ten years, during which time he studied painting. Upon recovering from his illness, he began making Sosaku Kokeshi, and in a ten-year period (1959-1969), he received more than 60 awards, including the highest honor, the Prime Minister’s Award. Ishihara died in 1999 at the age of 74.