This type of Sosaku Daruma Nodder comes from the Zuigan-ji, temple in Sendai, founded in 828 by a sect of Esoteric Buddhism. As collectors we felt it was most important to represent all Sosaku Kokeshi production, whether or not the artist is fully identified or has a written account of his or her 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:
Nyogetsuin’s dolls are characterised by having overscaled facial features such as large “white” eyes and large nose. The bodies are beautifully painted in red, black and white in an almost sumi-e’ manner. The temple Zuigan-Ji was greatly damaged during the earthquake on March 11, 2011. The dolls are now considered rare and precious.
Artist's signature & title of doll: