Sosaku Kokeshi by Miyajima, Muhitsu | Autumn Wind

Descriptive Qualities:
Minimally carved ornamentation on this doll and delicate sumi-e’ defines its’ facial characters. The following poem by Princess Shikishi gives us insights related to the basis for the creation of this Kokeshi…
“Winds cold, leaves
Are cleared from the trees Night by night,
Baring the garden
To the moon’s light”. Dimensions: 7-3/4”h. Condition: Excellent and signed by the artist.

Additional Information —
Miyajima-san was born in 1929 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, (Sosaku), doll makers since then. Miyajima-san works in a variety of beautiful woods, but seems to prefer the heavy, dark colored Enju wood, (Japanese Pagoda tree), for it’s rich colors and interesting grain. A multiple award winner, Miyajima-san won the prestigious Prime Minister’s Award in 1973.

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