Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi Doll by Takano Yoshiteru Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi Doll by Takano Yoshiteru

Artisan | Woodworker: Takano, Yoshiteru | 1970

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.

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

Shown is a very unusual transitional doll. Not many examples of this artist’s creations are known. The motif represented here is naturally rendered spring pink flowers basking in the sunshine. The doll is fashioned after the Kijiyama style Kokeshi, uniting the traditional head with the contemporary body motif.  Made of one solid piece of Ash, (Kaibun), it is finished with Rosoku no ro, (natural, non-colored finishing wax). The artist stated on the doll the following, “flowers are like mirrors to the seasons, reflecting the passage of time”.

No signature on the doll but we have seen other works that match the doll and its details stating his name for this identification.

Artist's signature:

Sosaku KOkeshi artist Takano Yoshiteru signature