Vintage Japanese Sosaku Kokeshi entitled: “”Dojo | Young Lady” by Tanaka, Harumasa

Sale price$145.00

Dimensions: 12-0”h

This beautiful and clean form Kokeshi is by Tanaka-san beautifully illustrate the accomplished use of un-ornamented form to express his observation of young women of the period. The most unusual aspect is the uniform ‘Bob’ hair design style, which adds elegance to his interpretation of this doll. He created different sizes of this doll with the heads supported by a short and separate neck with the same motif which is the emphasis on the Japanese beauty ideals which favor small features and upswing eyes, with a small a red dot for a nose, all perceived as being more attractive and welcoming because of the emphasis on a “V” shape elements. Dolls from this series were made from Birch wood. He completed a small number of very stylized and artistic forms during his time of creating dolls. There is an inscription identifying the artist on the bottom of the doll along with a red stamp detailing the period/location where it was made. The doll published in Sosaku Kokeshi: Celebrating the Major Artists of the Creative Movement, 2022 by Evans & Wolf.

Condition: Excellent, outstandingly, exceptional, and beautiful condition. No chips, cracks, breaks, missing pieces or restoration, and retains its original details and finish. The piece meets all the standards of the collectible Sosaku Kokeshi. 

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Tanaka-san is acknowledged as a leading member of very artistic dolls during the Sosaku movement in the 1950s-60s, and is a multiple award winner. He additionally was recognized with his creation of a Kokeshi known as Kantsubaki, (Winter Camellia). Additionally, his doll “Dojo”, Young Lady), won the Prime Minister’s Award in 1965 at the 12th Annual All Nippon Japan Kokeshi Competition.