“Daruma | Folk Deity” “Daruma | Folk Deity”

Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi

“Daruma | Folk Deity”

Suizan, Shinobu

Age:Early 1970s

Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 5-1/4” h

Descriptive Qualities: This figure is executed in dogwood and carved to support the Daruma motif. One is the standing type wearing the typical robe and the other is a seated version of this beloved figure. It is carved with the kanji for ‘Patience’, and the form of the robe give life to each piece. The doll is signed 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. 

Artisan | Woodworker: Suizan, Shinobu (Yokusan, Shizan)


Creative Kokeshi Transitional artist Suizan is known to be from the Tohoku region, but there is no other information found on this artist. Some of his Kokeshi are similar to the Traditional Tougatta-style dolls. His style of carving is called Harusame-bori.

As collectors we felt it was most important to represent all Sosaku Kokeshi artists, whether or not the artist has a written account of his or her 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:

Separating the subject from the background gives solidity and definition, which supports the carving on his lathe-turned dolls. Suizan works only in Kabanoki, (Birch) or Mizuki, (Dogwood), and never paints any of his dolls. Images range from Noh theatre images, Daruma, (folk diety), the devil, chrysanthemum, and autumn flowers. He often carves the kanji for ‘Patience” into his pieces. He is a unique artist whose work is unusual and seldom seen, and is one of only three artists who do not paint their dolls.

Artist's Signature:

Suizan Shinobu (Yokusan, Shizan) signature kokeshi