"Hano no aki | Autumn Flowers" "Hano no aki | Autumn Flowers"

Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi

"Hano no aki | Autumn Flowers"

Sato, Suigai



Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 11-1/2”h

This doll is fully lathe-turned with gradation of the color on the body of the doll, with simple wheat grasses and accompanying flowers, speak of autumn in Japan. The artist has captured a peaceful nature in her face, complementing the serene nature that fills the countryside, depicted in her Kimono. Her turned head is topped with a traditional Kansashi hairpiece. The doll has the artist signature on the bottom of the piece.

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: Sato, Suigai | 1920-


Sato-san, 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. In 1970, Sato-san’s artistry was 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.

Collector's note – descriptive qualities, standard characteristics & ornamentation styles:

What is unique to this artist’s dolls is the unusual but traditional hairstyle, the wheat, summer grass, bamboo, (symbolizing prosperity, purity, and innocence), plum blossoms, and abstract leaves. In many instances he utilizes an uncolored wood obi on both plain and vividly colored Kimono. He additionally incorporated ‘Stilt grass’, which is most commonly found in moist areas of wetlands. He also enjoyed representing ‘Kyoho budo’, (giant mountain grapes). Occasionally he incorporated pine, plum, and bamboo, referred to as “sho-chiku-bai”. Sato-san created many wonderful simple forms. The artist regularly captures a peaceful nature in his dolls faces, complementing the serene nature that fills the countryside. And finally, we see Sato-san creating very large Kokeshi, made in two separate sections from the same piece of wood. The motif on the body represent the family crests, (Mon).

Artist's Signature: