Vintage Japanese Kokeshi entitled: Akikusa | Autumn” by Kato, Masami
This is a rare one-off doll and an exceptionally carved Kokeshi that was created by a talented carver enchanted with tradition. The painted work on the Haori and Obi, and the hand-carved kimono, give great visual and textural qualities to this piece. This elegant lady has a traditional hair design and incorporates an exceptionally large ‘Mage’ in the delicately rendered design. It is a beautiful example of a lady of leisure on an Autumn day. The piece has the artist's personal stamp on the bottom of the doll.
Vintage Condition: Pristine, excellent condition affording the doll age-old elegance. Retains the original craft/workmanship showing a wonderfully-developed patina commensurate with age and unrestored. The piece meets all the standards of Sosaku Kokeshi collectibles.
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Masami is the wife of Kato, Shinichi, who is a Narugo traditional artist. She was born in Narugo, Miyagi Prefecture, and has received many prizes including the Prime Minister’s Award. This doll is entitled: “Akikusa | Autumn”.
Collector's note – descriptive qualities, standard characteristics & ornamentation styles:
This is a rare one-off doll that was created in 1960 by this artist. The painted work on the haori and obi, and the hand-carved kimono body, add great textural qualities to this piece. It is a beautiful rendition of a traditional lady on an Autumn day. Masami’s work typically incorporates lathe turning, carving, and painted techniques to define the figure and clothing. Color is always subtile.