Artisan | Woodworker: Takahashi, Nagatoshi[no-bio]
Collector's note – descriptive qualities, standard characteristics & ornamentation styles:
These two dolls represent a husband and wife from the cold climate of the northern island of Hokkaido. These unornamented dolls were made to appear as if they are tanned from the light reflection off the snow, and have a shiny finish, so that the observer could see himself/herself in the head of each doll.
On one doll the artist inscribed:
“Snowflakes are skyflowers,
pale blossoms from the clouds,
they tan our bodies,
and wither on earth.”