Rare Traditional Vintage Kokeshi by Sato Tetsuro, Tougatta Family

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Dimensions: 12-0”h

This is traditional Anniversary Kokeshi with black semi-e of Kotobuki/Kame wishes on the body, and of the Tougatta family by Sato Tetsuro, (1932-). His masters were Sato, Kichiya, and Sato, Kichinosuke.

This Kokeshi has the characteristic narrow, columnar body with tapered shoulders with a  head that is wider than the rest of the doll. It has variegated grey and black hair with bangs and side fringes. Its eyes are thin and narrow with what is called a “cat” nose and expressive red-accented mouth. The piece displays a stacking of Chrysanthemum flowers that are framed with black Rokoru-Moyo line work and beautifully rendered in gray and black being the main feature of her kimono. The doll is extensively signed by the artist on the bottom of the doll with details of the doll. 

The specific type of Tougatta doll is thought to be the “oldest” family member of the Traditional school. The Tougatta style is specifically sought after by collectors for their interesting range of images which break away from the pure traditional family motif. 

Condition: Excellent vintage condition and as originally made. All of the represented colors show no fading or discoloration with “crisp” drawing/coloration. Beautiful polished patina developed from age. This type of doll draws special attraction to collectors because of this specific black style of the motif. The doll has been published in A Collectors Guide: Traditional and Creative Kokeshi and Toys. 

NOTE: Under our Browse and Learn section, please refer to Browse by Family, Tougatta Family for full details on the history and development of this style doll.