Sosaku Kokeshi by Takahashi, Hashime | Red Leaves | Signed

Descriptive Qualities—
During the peak of the autumn season in Japan, the leaves of the maple and ginkgo trees turn red and yellow, in concert, presenting beautiful scenery at every turn. Colorful leaves, (Koyo), are to the Japanese autumn what cherry blossoms are to spring. The appreciation of autumn leaves has been a popular motif on all forms of artwork.

This beautifully-turned doll has great visual and textural qualities enhanced by the lacquer painting of the maple leaf obi. A traditional headdress has been incorporated onto this creative doll. Dimension: 17-0”h. Condition: This large doll is in good condition with great coloration, but there is a crack on the back/base of the doll which does not interfere with its visual appreciation. The piece is signed and published in Sosaku Kokeshi: A New Look At An Old Tradition.

Additional Information —
Originally a fine arts painter, Takahashi-san (1918-2002), is from Sendai, (where Traditional Kokeshi were born), in Miyagi Prefecture. His artistic background also includes time spent as a craftsman of Yuzen silk kimono dying. He is a multiple award winner in yearly Kokeshi competitions, receiving the Prime Minister’s Award, the highest honor bestowed on Sosaku Kokeshi artists. All of his work is easily recognized by the painterly designs decorating his dolls. Now deceased, his son, Akinori is carrying on the family’s tradition, but in limited production.

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