Vintage Japanese Sosaku Kokeshi entitled: “Akaume | Red Plum” by Takahashi, Hashime | 1918-2002


Dimensions: 14-0”h

This doll is lathe-turned and from one piece of Elm, (Keyaki). The artist has used a branch of Plum, (Ume), with just one flowering branch to ornament this elegant doll and associated with the start of spring, because plum blossoms are some of the first blossoms to open during the year. Plum blossoms are a symbol of refinement, purity, and nobility, and also a reminder of past love.. This doll uses an enduring metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life, an aspect of Japanese cultural tradition that is often associated with Buddhistic influence.

The facial details are understated while she exhibits elegance with peaceful eyes, which is a trademark for Hashime-san, a suggested mouth, with black bangs and side hair fringes framing her face. A low relief wide Obi is painted in metallic gold, so as not to detract from the simple blossom motif. The bottom of the doll bears the artist's signature, title, along with a tiny red stamp impression. 

Condition: Excellent vintage condition and commensurate with age with no loss or fading of artwork/details. After the turning, carving, and painting, the doll is lacquered and sealed with a natural candle wax, (Rosoku no ro). A perfect doll for the collector of Japanese Kokeshi folk art.