Sosaku Kokeshi by Sato, Suigai | Spirit of the Wheat
Young wheat and autumn grasses are often used as a motif in Japan, and here delicately rendered in light and dark colors. These dolls exemplify an exuberant decorative style. In contrast is the black obi, one with flowers and one geometric, differentiating the parts of the Kimono. Both dolls were produced in 1960, showing again different traditional hair treatments. Condition: Excellent, strong graphics and has artist impressed seal. Dimension: 12-1/2”h
Sato-san, also known as Sadahachi, was born in Okubo, Yoshioka Village, Gunma Prefecture in 1920, to a family who owned a silk trading business. At the age of 18, he began his professional career as a painter under famous artist Komuro, Suiun, before pursuing a career in creative Kokeshi making in 1948. Sato-san also pursued careers in fashion design, engineering, and mechanics. His Kokeshi dolls have won many awards, including the Prime Minister’s Award in 1966. Sato-san’s artistry has been recognized by Japan’s Imperial Family, Crown Prince Akihito, (Now Emperor Akihito), the Minister of Economy and Trade, and the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry.