This Kokeshi is an Hanamaki style Kokeshi that incorporates both a beautiful drawing of a young lady traversing through the snow, and an accompanying song about the long and hard winter. The following song is recalled:
“Snow and hail falling thickly,
falling steadily and piling up,
they keep falling nonstop,
a happy dog is running around
the yard joyously,
the cat is sleeping by the stove.”
Dimensions: 16-1/2″h. Condition: Excellent. Age: 1970. The piece is signed by Horigome-san. Additionally it is published in Sosaku Kokeshi: A New Look At An Old Tradition.
Excellent Condition- In unused, or like-unused condition. No visual or structural or surface wear or damage shown. Pristine. As good as the day it was made.
Great Condition- Appears in slightly used condition but looks "Like New". Some minor wear, but retains the original craft/workmanship. May show minor wear, that does not affect the main design, or associated motif. No cracks, dents, chips or missing elements.
Good Condition- Minor wear which can be restored or repaired; may have surface flaws, like staining or soiling, confined to a small area. The flaw(s) are counterbalanced by another feature, like brilliant color or innovative design. Some fading or the piece may have been altered in some fashion.
Fair Condition- Main aesthetic/design showing damage. Excessive noticeable wear or damage. Worth buying if can be restored/repaired because of its aesthetic or design appeal or rarity. Note: wear/damage consistent with age/use can often enhance the 'Antique' qualities of a piece, giving it a desirable second chance in one's collection