Vintage Japanese Sosaku Kokeshi entitled: “Kasuri | Ikat” by Sato, Bunkichi, 1922-2008


Dimensions: 7-0”h

Due to the head shape Sato Bunkichi's dolls are easily recognized, but very rare and hard to find. We have never see this form of Sosaku Kokeshi which is extremely unusual and unique emphasizing Sumi-e painting fully detailing the ‘Ikat’ motif incorporated into the body of the garment (Yukata). The word ‘Ikat’ comes from the Malaysian word ‘to tie’ fabric. This technique became very popular in Japan in textile design and wonderfully rendered on a one piece cherry wood form. This specific version of this doll has a “pin head” unusual and abstract face having a feathered “Bob” hairstyle and a ‘Mage’ or topknot all in black with horizontal eyes, and arched eyebrows. The doll is signed on the bottom and 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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Born in Tendo, Yamagata Prefecture, to a family of traditional Tougatta Kokeshi craftsmen, Sato-san did his early training under Master Tougatta artist Sato, Zushizo. He moved to Matsushima City, in Miyagi, and began creating Sosaku dolls, using a very traditional Ikat patterning for his dolls. Due to the smaller head shape than normally seen, Bunkichi-sans dolls are easily recognized, but very difficult to find at private sales and auctions in Japan.