Condition: Excellent

Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi | “Seishin / Purity” | Sato, Suigai | 1970

Descriptive Qualities:

This beautifully painted doll feature a contemporary approach to portraying bamboo, (Take), which is a symbol of prosperity, purity and innocence in Japan. “Take ni ki o tsugu” meaning putting bamboo and wood together, is the basis for the motif rendered on this tall, thin figure. Bamboo appears in many ancient tales and poems. Take and Sasa, (bamboo grass), are used in many festivals to ward off evil. Condition: Craftsman’s Stamped and in excellent and fully intact with original hair ornament, no fading. Doll published in Sosaku Kokeshi: A New Look At An Old Tradition, 2015. Dimension: 14-1/2”h

Additional Information:

Sato-san, (サトウ, スイガイ), also known as Sadahachi, was born in Okubo, Yoshioka Village, Gunma Prefecture, to a family who owned a silk trading business. At the age of 18, he began his professional career as a painter under famous artist Komuro, Suiun, before pursuing a career in creative Kokeshi making in 1948. Sato-san also pursued careers in fashion design, engineering, and mechanics. His Kokeshi dolls have won many awards, including the Prime Minister’s Award in 1966. Sato-san’s artistry has been recognized by Japan’s Imperial Family, Crown Prince Akihito, (Now Emperor Akihito), the Minister of Economy and Trade, and the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry.

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