Artisan | Woodworker: Matagoro, Kiyomi Artisan | Woodworker: Matagoro, Kiyomi

Artisan | Woodworker: Matagoro, Kiyomi

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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.

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

Shown are two beautiful figures. The first is rendered in Blue, a very uncommon colour, and is seldom used on a Kokeshi doll. This 13-1/2”h doll entitled, “Ao Bara | Blue Rose” is rare because it is made of Kiriwood, (Pine), and not Cedar as earlier generations of his family preferred. The multiple layering of the blue roses is styalistically executed in combination with cherry blossoms in the background.

The second doll is entitled “Sho-Chiku-Bai | Good Luck” and measures 7-7/8”h. As with the first, both are lathe-turned dolls. This particular Kokeshi is in a more traditional bell shape, i.e., Nemariko style, having the Kimono enhanced by the natural wood graining. The obi depicts the three symbols of ‘Sho-Chiku-Bai’. The hair is starkly black with red highlights. This doll is made of Cedar, and is inspired by the first Matagoro style. With both dolls, the face and hairstyle are traditionally based but with contemporary colorations.

Artist's signature:

Matagoro Kiyomi Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi Artist signature