Japanese Sosaku Kokeshi, entitled: Snow Child, (Yuki no ko) by Takahashi, Hajime


Dimensions: 6-0”h

There are two unusual qualities about this lovely depiction of a child ready for winter's snow. Its head is a separate element at the top of the doll form, and extremely expressive in his rendition of the eyes, dot nose, and an abstract swirl of hair on top of its head. Also shown is a suggestion of hair fringes, (not ears) on both sides of the face. The second expressive quality is the beautifully detailed vermillion, (red) scarf around its neck and falling down the front of its body. As shown here, Takahashi-san has an unusual way to illustrate clothing elements in a very painterly way. The base of the head and body are left natural and finished with uncolored candle wax, (Rōsoku no rō). The piece has Takahashi’s signature and stamp on the bottom.

Condition: Beautiful excellent condition with no fading or discoloration.

NOTE: Originally a fine arts painter, Takahashi, Hajime, (1918-2002) is from Sendai, (where Traditional Kokeshi were born), in Miyagi Prefecture. His artistic background also includes time spent as a craftsman of Yuzen silk kimono dying which is always an important feature of his dolls. He is a multiple award winner in yearly Kokeshi competitions, receiving the Prime Minister’s Award, the highest honor bestowed on Sosaku Kokeshi artists. All of his work is easily recognized by the painterly designs decorating his dolls. Now deceased, his son, Akinori is carrying on the family’s tradition, but in limited production.