Sosaku Kokeshi by Shido, Shozan | Fuyu no shojo
Shido-san enjoyed the textural qualities of ‘Chattering’ on the rain/snow coat, which allows minimal painted ornamentation, with an emphasis on the natural wood. This vintage doll represent girls wearing a Minomushi, (Snow Coat), which is a favorite theme. The Mino is an article of clothing worn to protect rural people of the mountains from rain and snow. Condition: Beautiful condition with exceptional textural carving. The three different woods accentuate the form. Dimensions: 7-3/4”h
Shido-san, (1932-1995), is considered by Kokeshi collectors and critics alike to be one of the most influential artists in the world of Sosaku Kokeshi doll making. Shido-san’s main focus was depicting unadorned Northern girls in the traditional “Mino”, or Snow Coat, but he also produced tall, thin dolls, which were sparsely decorated. His keen sense of design, minimal use of color, and simple elegant shapes set him apart from his peers, making him one of the most collectible artists emerging from the creative period of the ‘60s. He is a winner of the Prime Minister’s Award.