"Kuro Botan | Black Peony" "Kuro Botan | Black Peony"

Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi

"Kuro Botan | Black Peony"

Kanazawa, Tokushie



Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 6-0"h

Through this beautifully finished doll we see traditional elements and techniques complimenting the creatively rendered Peony motif. This beautifully painted doll was inspired by the Yajiro Family style Kokeshi, utilizing black ink in sumi-e’ style drawing. It is a sophisticated representation of the Black Peony known as the “Prime Minister of Flowers”. Signed on the bottom by the artist.

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: Kanazawa, Tokushie

Kanazawa-san is renowned for his dolls featuring paintings of Black Peonys, (Botan Chou), which are a “rare” motif on Kokeshi dolls, and dolls, and are only made as a “one-off” creation for a specfic individual or occasion. It is said that Kanazawa was inspired by the famous, Peony Garden in Sukagawa, in the Fukushima Prefecture. His dolls are based on traditional facial and hairstyle types, and he incorporats a hand-painted striping technique called Rokuro Moyo. He only utilized black ink in sumi-e’ style graphic technique. The third delicate graphic  represents a peony petal and butterfly. The Kamon symbol was used only for top levels of citizens during the Samurai period in Japan. Kanazawa-san’s dolls are highly prized and seldom seen.

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