Japanese Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi Snow Children


Dimensions: 2-3/4”h to 3-0”h

All wrapped up for an outing in the snow, here are six Kokeshi children in different positions observing and feeling the snow on their faces. Each have wonderful expressions with faces peeing out of different vibrant colored thick winter shawls called "Kakumaki" around their bodies and heads in red, yellow, orange, blue and brown, with minimally ornamented Kimono showing at the bottom of each figure. The pieces are not signed but we believe they may be "one offs" by Shido, Shouzan.

Vintage Condition: Excellent sense of proportion, “as is” original craft/workmanship. Any discoloration, chipping/cracking, surface wear or structural damage noted. 

NOTE: The combination of Japan’s mountainous territory and the length of its archipelago group make for a complex climate: from quite warm to very cold. One common article of clothing in the North is the "Kakumaki" used to protect from the chilly winter wind. This outer wrap is a large, four-cornered blanket, which is laid over the shoulders when going out for an errand during the cold snowy winters and used in most parts of Tohoku. The winter calls out to its inhabitants, inviting all ages to gather for local snacks, sweet fermented beverages, and mochi grilled on charcoal braziers, which also provide a bit of heat. There is a limit even in the children's world and according to the artist, if there were a title for this collection, it would be "Much too cold". Sosaku Kokeshi artists try to express a certain theme through designing these "Creative Creations".