Sosaku Kokeshi entitled: “Koraku |Happiness” by Kiyohara, Takao

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Dimensions: 12-0”h

This Kokeshi reflects many characteristics of the traditional school, as shown in the use of a one-color palette, (soft gray), and the consistency of horizontal line work, (Rokuro Moyo). The face resembles traditional Tougatta detailing. 

Kiyohara-san is an artist who defies classification, for while he is a well-established and popular Kokeshi doll maker, we would have to consider him a transitional artist, if you will, for very little is known about his background, and less about whom he might have studied under, or for that matter, where he lived. 

Most sources agree that since he is not included in any books on the traditional artists, nor is there mention of him with other well-known creative artists, he has been accorded his own place: that of the "mystery man". All agree, though, that this doll is very rare and collectible, and beautifully painted on high-quality wood. It is finished with a great deal of care. He has been awarded the MIND Award, (Ministry of Industry). Signed by the artist.