“Tsuru | Cranes”


Dimensions: 14-0” h

This is one of the most elaborately decorated dolls illustrating Takahashi-san’s painterly talents. The motif focuses on the Japanese red-crested crane. This doll is based on an ancient legend promising good luck and long life. The crane is one of Japan’s most revered symbols. Tsuru are also monogamous, and therefore are often seen on many objects including wedding kimono. Having a paint-artist background his accomplishments are exemplified in this Kokeshi.The crane, being a National Treasure, is a favorite motif used by many artists. Here we see white cranes in flight in a representation of the marshes in the Northern Japan, with a background of multiple warm colors resembling the sunset.  The face is the standard used by this artist with expressive eyes, hair and a red bow on the top of its head. The piece is 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.