Sosaku Kokeshi by Takahashi Hashime
Hashime was originally a fine artist/painter, who worked as a craftsman of the Tegaki Yuzen, or hand-dyeing Yuzen Silk Kimono. Among the many Kokeshi dolls he has designed, including a set of twelve dolls representing each month of the year, his most notable and famous pieces are the twelve pairs of Kokeshi dolls depicting historical costumes from ancient Japan to modern Japan. The decoration of this piece follows in the tradition of illustrating hand-dyed Yuzen Silk.
The artist signed his first name on the bottom of the piece, and reads “Hashime”. The body of the piece is as his artwork would be (textile-oriented), with a blue kimono and colorful obi. Approximate age: 1967. Dimensions: 9 ¾”h