Japanese Exclusive Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi by Hideo Ishihara - Hanako (Flower Child) | Rare and Historically Significant

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Dimensions: 8-1/2” h x 3-3/4” dia.

Ishihara-san began making Sosaku Kokeshi, in the late 1950s, and for ten years, (1959-1969), he received more than 60 awards, including the highest honor, the Prime Minister’s Award. He was one of the founders of the Nippon Kokeshi Artistic Handicraft Association. For more than ten years, he studied painting and used this experience in his creation of Sosaku Kokeshi, which became an important aspect of his creation of this series of dolls.

This Kokeshi, along with all other variations of this type is extremely RARE, and is one of the most painterly accomplished dolls of this artist, particularly since he produced a limited number of dolls in a very short period. Ishihara-san was inspired by nature, as seen in the textile interpretation on the body of this rare doll in which the subject matter which is wild red roses, (akaibara), is said to convey passion. So why is this important to this artist? Ishihara-san was under medical care for more than ten years, when he studied painting. After his recovery, he was inspired to create Sosaku Kokeshi, thus the creation of this series of different-sized dolls.

This Kokeshi is entitled, as the rest of the dolls in this series, “Hanako” (Flower Child) and signed by award winner and master Hideo Ishihara, (1925-1999) and represents the painterly accomplishment of this artist. The most unusual element is the hand-painted textile design in red and multi-colored body adding to the complexity of the figure, emphasizing the strong character of this doll, and bringing out the true nature of the wood. Her head is fully covered with a black “Bob” hair design with bangs that frame a small portion of her simply defined face having only ‘one-story eyes’, (Hitofude-me). The doll is finished in a simple wax coating and contains his unique hand-scripted signature on the bottom of the doll.

A retired professor colleague and textile historian at Tokyo’s Bunka Gakuin University indicated that the textile design incorporated into this doll represents textiles worn at the time of the 1960 Japanese Peace Movement, (“Anpo Struggle”), and is beautifully represented by the painting experience of Ishihara.

The piece was published in the 2022 publication of Sosaku Kokeshi: Celebrating the Major Artists of the Creative Movement. For more information on this artist go to the following link: https://mingeiarts.com/collections/artisan-woodworker-ishihara-hideo-1925-1999.

Condition: Excellent, lathe-turned creation. A tactile experience, for it is outstanding, excellent, impressive, and beautiful. No chips, cracks, breaks, missing pieces, or restoration, and it retains its original details and finish. The piece meets all the standards of the vintage collectible Sosaku Kokeshi by Ishihara, Hideo.