Vintage Japanese Sosaku Kokeshi entitled: “Hanadouji | Little Flower” by Takeda, Masashi (1930-2015)

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Dimensions: 15-0”h 

Takeda, Masashi began his career as a Traditional Sakunami Master Kokeshi carver. This beautiful, lathe-turned form was made from one piece of Paulownia wood, taking advantage of the various colors that can be brought forward through its use. It illustrates exceptional, detailed carving, that is only attained by a Master Craftsman. Takeda-san shows his appreciation of the natural decorative quality and color of wood with the use of a natural, colored plant-derived wax, (Rosoku no ro), for finishing. It has the standard ‘Bob’ hairstyle of the period and a humble and understated face that emphasizes humility through the use of narrow slanted eyes and a tiny red nose. The Kimono is adorned with plum blossoms, giving great character and depth to the doll. There is the name of the doll and an inscription identifying the artist as Takeda, Masashi. 

Additional Information:

Takeda-san trained as a Sakunami/ Yamagata Traditional artist in Yonezawa, Yamagata Prefecture. His master is Takeda Usaburo, who also mentored Masashi’s older brother Shinkichi, who has remained a Traditional Yamagata artist. The piece is published in Sosaku Kokeshi: Celebrating the Major Artists of the Creative Movement. To read more about this artist go to: https://mingeiarts.com/collections/artisan-woodworker-takeda-masashi-1930.

Condition: Superb, outstanding, excellent, impressive, and beautiful. No chips, cracks, breaks, missing pieces, or restoration, and retains its original details and finish. The piece meets all the standards of the vintage collectible Sosaku Kokeshi.