Vintage Japanese Sosaku Kokeshi entitled: “Mugen | Cloudland” by Kuribayashi, Issetsu


Dimensions: 14-1/4”h

The beautifully and relatively rare lathe-turned doll is rendered brush strokes of abstract green clouds throughout the body which allow the viewer to appreciate the simplicity of his work. The Keyaki wood from which it is made helps to accentuate her beautifully proportioned head with a serine facial expression and understated hair and side hair fringes.  In Japanese culture, clouds represent elegance and high status. In Buddhism, clouds signify the “Western Paradise” beyond earth; and in Shintoism, the spirits of the dead. This piece won the Prime Minister’s Award for excellence. The piece is signed attribution by the artist. 

NOTE: For more information on this artist go to our Browse & Learn section, affording you details about this artist, who began his career in 1955 for which this piece is featured in the Nuremberg Toy Museum in Germany. Also published in the latest book entitled: Sosaku Kokeshi: Celebrating the Major Artists of the Creative Movement.

Condition: Excellent condition for the piece is perfect, with no chipping, missing elements or loss of artwork/color which is beautifully defined. It retains a beautiful finish, with its original craftsmanship preserved. Museum-quality: meeting the standards of the collector of Kuribayashi kokeshi.