“Ayame | Iris Blossom”


Dimensions: 14-1/2” h

The artist has chosen to use the flower motif of Hanashobu, (iris ensata), which is commonly referred to as the ‘Japanese Iris’. In Japan, the iris has been interpreted as an expression of wisdom, hope, trust, fondness, courage, and admiration. This is why iris flowers are used extensively in the Japanese spring festival for boys. Because of their flower form and amazing colors, Japanese irises have been likened to oversized fluttering butterflies. The use of two different types of wood make this doll especially interesting, and celebrates nature and the iris in its finest. The carved ribbing on the body of the piece gives further dimension to the form. The eyes of the doll are also unusual compared to the typical eye treatment used by this artist. The piece is signed and stamped on the bottom.

Vintage Condition: “as is” with some scattered light wear or stain that does not affect the design, and retains the original craft/workmanship. Any discoloration, chipping/cracking, surface wear or structural damage noted.