nozawa kaoru, Sosaku Kokeshi

Artisan | Woodworker: Nozawa, Kaoru | 1930


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

This doll was named “Numa no kami | Crane God”. The Ainu love the beautiful snow-white cranes, (Tsuru), that inhabit the Isles of Northern Japan, as a symbol of peace. This kokeshi is based on an ancient legend promising good luck and long life. The crane, being a national treasure, is a favorite motif and a revered symbol used by many artists. Tsuru are also monogamous, and therefore are often seen on many wedding objects including the heavy, broad kimono.

Artist's signature:

Nozawa, Kaoru Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi Doll Artist signature


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