Artisan | Woodworker: Takano, Yoshiteru | 1970[no-bio]
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.