Vintage Japanese Traditional Tougatta Style Ejiko Kokeshi by Sato, Masahiro

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Dimensions: 7-0”h x 7-1/2” dia

This Ejiko container is exceptional with the natural qualities of the wood emphasized with little ornamentation. The Japanese have always known that Pagoda trees were special and emphasized their natural qualities affording a durable and long-lasting artifact. As with this carving, the wood is composed of alternating natural colors of light brown to gray-brown throughout the wood. This makes a perfect Kokeshi or Ejiko made by carvers in both Sendai and Hokkaido, Japan.

This Ejiko has a perfect balance of polished and natural textured wood, stripped of its bark and hollowed out for holding children’s toys. It has a separate, upper part of the body acting as a lid, with a head in the style of the Tougatta Family. This part incorporates bangs and side hair fringes on both the top of the head. The face has narrow eyes and a small pick-shaped nose. The head on the top serves as a decorative grip for easy opening. The container has wide free-form shoulders and is decorated with a beautiful red chrysanthemum flower in the center. The piece is signed in script on the bottom by the artist Sato.

Condition: Excellent, perfect, original condition, with no fading or loss of color and consistent with age and standards of collectible Folk Art. All details are perfect and as crafted. A true collector's find.

NOTE: There is no biographical information published on the artist other than he was born in 1938 in the Miyagi prefecture and apprenticed with the Grand Masters Sato Tetsuro and Wagatsuma, Kichisuke.