Artisan | Woodworker: Nozawa, Kaoru | 1930
Origin: No Biography
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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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.
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