Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi Doll by Aoki Chikako

Artisan | Woodworker: Aoki, Chikako


Collector's note – descriptive qualities, standard characteristics & ornamentation styles:

A rare, “one-off” creation from a virtually unknown and unpublished craftsperson. What is interesting is the unusual turning and surface ornamentation of this form. This 8-0” high figure of a young girl is wearing a “mino”, (snow coat), that is covered with a floral textural motif on the surface and unusual lacquerwork defining the coat and undergarment, which is simply striped in red and green with the natural wood background. Only her face and expressive eyes are peeping out of her winter clothing. She is signed on the bottom but done in an artistic manner, only allowing the translation of the artist/maker’s name. We have never seen any other pieces by this artist and believe that his artwork focuses on other media.

Artist's Signature:

Aoki, Chikaku Kokeshi artists signature


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