Artisan | Woodworker: Fujikawa, Masae (Shoei) | 1942-2015

Artisan | Woodworker: Fujikawa, Masae (Shoei) | 1942-2015


Collector's note – Descriptive qualities/standard characteristics/ornamentation styles:

This interesting 8-1/2”h female figure was a Prime Minister Award winning doll. It is one of the very few Kokeshi we have seen that incorporates a three-dimensional, (unattached) ‘Michiyuki’, (rain coat). The word Michiyuki means, “to go on the road”, and is used in lyrical descriptions of journeys taken by Japanese people. In fashion design, it provides greater protection against inclement weather, and is always worn over the Kimono as shown. Michiyuki are three-quarter length coats with square necklines, which serve the same purpose as shawls or stoles in Western society. The artist beautifully depicts its complementary use with the Kimono.

Artist's Signature:

Fujikawa, Masae (Shoei) signature kokeshi


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