Sosaku Kokeshi by Takahas...

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 […]

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Sosaku Kokeshi by Takahas...

Descriptive Qualities— This large doll again illustrates the artist’s foundation in painting. The Kimono is beautifully ornamented with pink colored Ume, and incorporates a different and exaggerated waist and obi cord. Again, Kansashi is incorporated as a decorative element to the doll. Dimension: 18-0”h. Conditon: Excellent and signed by Takahashi. Additional Information — Originally a […]

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Sosaku Kokeshi by Sato, S...

Descriptive Qualities— This large Kokeshi 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: 16-1/2”h. Condition: Beautifully kept in wonderful condition with […]

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Sosaku Kokeshi by Sato, S...

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 […]

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Sosaku Kokeshi by Murakam...

Descriptive Qualities— It is sometimes best to allow the wood to do the speaking, and to use a simple line- drawing of the face and coat as the perfect expressive quality of a doll. As is shown here, Sumi-e’ is an ink and wash technique that is not simply meant to reproduce the appearance of […]

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Sosake Kokeshi by Miyashi...

Descriptive Qualities: Issues Japanese families faced in the early 20th century regarding parent-child relationships were lessened with the hiring of the baby-sitter, ‘Oshin’. Always depicted with a baby wrapped tightly to her body or tucked into a carrier, the baby sitter was a trusted and essential part of the Japanese family. The role of the […]

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Sosaku Kokeshi by Miyajim...

Descriptive Qualities: Minimally carved ornamentation on this doll and delicate sumi-e’ defines its’ facial characters. The following poem by Princess Shikishi gives us insights related to the basis for the creation of this Kokeshi… “Winds cold, leaves
Are cleared from the trees Night by night,
Baring the garden
To the moon’s light”. Dimensions: 7-3/4”h. Condition: Excellent and signed […]

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Sosaku Kokeshi by Kiyohar...

Descriptive Qualities — Kiyohara’s dolls reflect many characteristics of the traditional school, as is seen in his limited color palette and consistency of horizontal line work, (Rokuro Moyo). These straight lines are the same thickness, and are separated by gaps of the same width. The artist’s designs, facial features, and hair treatment, are definitely in […]

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Sosaku Kokeshi by Sekiguc...

Descriptive Qualities — Beautifully colored plum flowers adorn the Kimono on this doll. The emphasis is not only on the natural wood, but the fact that the designed elements are carved and painted, giving great texture to this doll. Dimension: 13-0”h. Condition: Original protected condition, good carving, drawing and coloration. The piece is signed by […]

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Sosaku Kokeshi by Kiyohar...

Descriptive Qualities: So many artists are enthralled with the Plum, (Ume), which is sometimes referred to as the Japanese apricot. Here we see an abstract representation of the fruit in the foreground, and the red blossoms in the background. Again we see the artist’s traditional face and red bow on the top of her head. […]

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Sosaku Kokeshi by Kishi, ...

Descriptive Qualities: This beautifully painted doll has a Kimono that speaks of the importance of floral motifs in Japanese society. The red rose and green leaves beautifully ornaments the body of this doll. Because of the wood employed and the staining of the base wood, the reflective painting radiates warmth throughout the piece. Dimensions: 12-1/2″h. […]

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Sosaku Kokeshi by Kishi, ...

Descriptive Qualities: This beautifully painted doll has a Kimono that speaks of the importance of floral motifs in Japanese society. The chrysanthemum is rendered in gradated brown and gold. Because of the wood employed and the staining of the base wood, the reflective painting radiates warmth throughout the piece. Dimensions: 10-3/4″h. Condition: Excellent, signed by […]

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