Artisan | Woodworker: Kato, Masami | 1925-
Masami is the wife of Kato, Shinichi, who is a Narugo traditional artist. She was born in Narugo, Miyagi Prefecture, and has received many prizes including the Prime Minister’s Award. This doll is entitled: “Akikusa | Autumn”.
Collector's note – descriptive qualities, standard characteristics & ornamentation styles:
This is a rare one-off doll that was created in 1960 by this artist. The painted work on the haori and obi, and the hand-carved kimono body, add great textural qualities to this piece. It is a beautiful rendition of a traditional lady on an Autumn day. Masami’s work typically incorporates lathe turning, carving, and painted techniques to define the figure and clothing. Color is always subtile.
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