Sosaku Kokeshi by Sato, Suigai | Three Friends of Winter | Signed

Descriptive Qualities—
This specific doll celebrates Spring. One with the depiction of pine, plum, and bamboo, (sho-chiku-bai), and the other decorated with plum blossoms. Both are considered auspicious symbols heralding winter turning into spring. The artwork stands out on a black background, accentuating the floral elements. Dimension: 10-1/2”h. Conditon. Excellent with great color retention and diversity in woods employed with deep carving.

Additional Information —
Sato-san, also known as Sadahachi, was born in 1920 in Okubo, Yoshioka Village, Gunma Prefecture, 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.

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