Vintage Tougatta Traditional Kokeshi by Agatsuma, Kichisuke


Dimensions: 6-1/4” h

This vintage lathe-turned figure is very unusual and represents Fukurokuji, the God of happiness, wealth and longevity. Fukurokuju has an elongated forehead with exaggerated hair flowing out of his forehead and a long moustache. The entire doll is beautifully colored and ornamented, including the back of the doll that has an interpretation of the “rising sun”. Finally, this figure is on a simple, purple stand, carved from the same piece of wood. Agatsuma-san was known for his interpretations of the Seven Lucky Gods, (Benzaiten; Bishamonten; Dikokuten; Ebisu; Fukurokuju, Hotei, and Jurojin) which are always made of Kabanoki, (birch), because it would emphasize carved or painted ornamentation. The Seven Lucky Gods are known in Japan as Shichi Fukujin. Adapted from various Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist, and Shinto gods and saints, they were grouped together in Japanese folklore around the 17th Century. The piece is detailed and signed on the bottom.

Vintage Condition: The doll is in wonderful condition for its age, (“as is”), and retains the original craft/workmanship and commensurate with age. Any discoloration, chipping/cracking, surface wear, or structural damage is noted.