Sosaku Kokeshi by Sekiguchi, Sansaku | Ikusanga
Fishermen, (Ikusanga), are seen depicted on woodblock prints, and included in haiku, a form of poetry. This continues in the world of Kokeshi, and has been used as the central theme of this character. The use of Chatter Work on the body of this doll is exceptional. The doll carries all the elements of the traditional village fisherman in full outfit. Condition: This vintage piece is exceptional with fine detailing and carving. Featured in Sosaku Kokeshi: A New Look At An Old Tradition. Dimension: 8-0”h
Sekiguchi-san is the only artist who has been certified as a ‘Master of Creative Kokeshi’ by the Japanese Government. He has opened his own museum in Gunma Prefecture, northwest of Tokyo. Born in 1925 in Shibukawa city in Gunma-ken, Sansaku and his two sons, Toa and Toshio, his daughter Izumi, and son-in-law, have produced many award-winning dolls. Sansaku alone, has won awards for more than 50 of his dolls. He has, in fact, won the prestigious Prime Minister’s Award on three different occasions. One of his dolls is on permanent display at the Kerkira Oriental Art Museum in Greece. While his Kokeshi were considered very modern, Sansaku trained as a traditional artist from 1951 to 1957, before focusing on Sosaku Kokeshi. Along with fellow Sosaku Kokeshi artist Watanabe Masao, he no longer has to submit his work for pre-juried exhibitions.