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Historically, the Japanese have been a very modest people. Japanese artists, in particular, felt their work spoke for them, and so for centuries, creative efforts by many artists, with the exception of woodblock prints, were unsigned, yet were easily recognized by the public through a specific style and the artists’ unique personalities. As collectors we felt it was most important to represent all Traditional and Sosaku Kokeshi, whether or not the artist has been identified, their seal, or artistic signature translated, or a written account of this artist’s life. Each show the diversity of this cultural specialization and the creative work produced by this artist.
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These wooden dolls have been carefully hand painted with a lion’s wild mane flowing from their heads, to evoke the mesmerizing fierceness of the Lion character from the Noh play “Renjishi“, which means, “The Lion Dance“. The three dolls represented are based on a folk story about a monk that had a dream in which there were many sorrows and evils plaguing the land. The monk prayed and asked Buddha how he could prevent these evils from occurring. Buddha told him through his dream that a lion would protect his people and would fight back advancing evils. From this legend, the ‘Lion Dancer’ was born, and has been characterized in both Noh Theatre and local festivals in both Japan and China. Each doll is beautifully rendered and colorized with traditional costume details. Extremely collectable, difficult to find pieces in great graphic condition, and not faded.