Artisan | Woodworker: Kikuchi, Shukou | 1950 Artisan | Woodworker: Kikuchi, Shukou | 1950

Artisan | Woodworker: Kikuchi, Shukou | 1950

These beautifully detailed and painted Kokeshi depict one of Japan’s many folk heroes, Ohara Shosuke, who lived in Aizu Wakamatsu city in Fukushima Prefecture. He has been immortalized in song as a great lover of sake, and is always seen with his sake jug tied to his waist.

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

Typically, Shosuke-san is pictured wearing a brown and black striped Yukata and Haori with a small splash of red peeping out of his garment. He is always depicted with a wrapped head of white Tenugui, (plain cloth or rag), with blue polka-dots, and carrying his jug, which is decorated with calligraphy. His face is very simple, with a stern expression.

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