Vintage Japanese Sosaku Kokeshi Entitled: Dojo (Young Lady), by Tanaka, Harumasa

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Dimensions: 6-1/2”h

This Kokesh entitled: ‘Dojo’, (Young Lady), won the Prime Minister’s Award in 1965 at the 12th Annual All Nippon Japan Kokeshi Competition. Tanaka beautifully illustrates the accomplished use of form and un-ornamented surface. The artist uses wood to express feeling, related to the most unusual aspect being the ‘bob’ hair design which is uniform in each piece and adds elegance to his interpretation of the figure. The up swung eyes are most expressive with no indication of a nose or mouth. The piece has Tanaka’s red and detailed stamp and award notation on the bottom of the doll.

Condition: Excellent, original condition, with no fading or loss of color and consistent with age and standards of collectible Folk Art. Because of its age, the Birchwood shows patination as the wood continues to darken from the atmosphere.

NOTETanaka-san is acknowledged as a leading member of the Sosaku movement in the 1950s-60s, and is a multiple award winner. He was also recognized with his creation entitled: Kantsubaki, (Winter Camellia).