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:
This piece was created in 1970, and is of an unusual barrel shape, ornamented with abstract plum flowers and leaves. Her tiny head pops out of the top of her heavy coat, adding a charming element to this unusual doll. The artist must have felt strong about her representation of plum blossoms, for she signed her name over the drawing on the obi.