Vintage Japanese Sosaku Kokeshi Entitled: Hoshu “Treasure World”, by Yusa, Fukuju


Dimensions: 9-1/2”h

Yusa-san is one of the founders of the Sosaku movement. The smooth undulating surfaces add to the simple character of the doll bringing focus to the central motif of what is referred to as Hoshu (Treasure World), shown as a sumi-e’ painting on its body. This graphic is always executed in black, gray, and dark gold as shown. This doll is typical of his works that are very plainly designed and employs ‘Chatter work’ further defining the hair. The eyes of the doll seem very futuristic glaring out into space. The doll is finished with a clear lacquer and is an award-winning doll. The doll is signed by the artist 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.

NOTEYusa was born in Miyagi Prefecture to a very prominent family of Traditional Narugo Kokeshi artists, Yusa-san had a hard time separating himself from the dolls his family produced. While he apprenticed under Master Takahashi Sakari of Narugo Spa, Miyagi, he began creating Sosaku dolls in the late 1950s and became one of the first Sosaku artists. In breaking family tradition, he created award-winning dolls, including the Prime Minister’s Award in 1960, at the age of 30.