“Tora no toshi | Year of the Tiger” “Tora no toshi | Year of the Tiger”

Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi

“Tora no toshi | Year of the Tiger”

Takahashi, Akinori



Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 9-3/4” h

Takahashi-san did an entire series of Zodiac Character dolls. The Tiger, being one of them is celebrated on many occasions and is used as the central motif on this Sosaku Kokeshi. The Tiger is known to be sensitive, stubborn, short-tempered, courageous, selfish, and slightly mean … yet they are deep thinkers and are capable of great sympathy for those they are close to and love.  The face is typically that of Akinori in which the hairstyle and bangs are accented with red bows. The piece is named on the front of the doll and signed on the bottom.

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: Takahashi, Akinori | 1957-


Born in Miyagi prefecture, Sendai City, Japan, he is the son of Takahashi, Hashime, and is a winner of two awards: 2004 and 2005, at the Contemporary Kokeshi Exhibition. He is an accomplished artist and has only created a few Kokeshi in honor of his father.

Collector's note – descriptive qualities, standard characteristics & ornamentation styles:

In many respects Akinori follows the aesthetic of his father in both form and ornamentation. However, his production is limited and most of the pieces he has produced focus on the Tanabata festival, which is a Japanese tradition wherein people write their wishes on tanzaku papers, (colorful, small strips of papers), and hang them on bamboo and tree branches as illustrated in his dolls. He also employs cherry, (body painted red) and plum blossoms, (body painted blue) to celebrate the season. He primarily works in dogwood.

Artist's Signature:

Takahashi Akinori Kokeshi artist signature