Vintage Japanese Traditional Tsuchiyu Family Kokeshi by Watanabe, Kazuo

Sale price$150.00 Regular price$225.00
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Dimensions: 18-0”h
This extremely tall Tsuchiyu-kei kokeshi from the Fukushima Prefecture has a columnar body, tapering right where the neck would be. The most unique feature of this doll is the “Rokuru Moyo” style of circular painting in alternating red and green. The artists of this type are famous for being the most accomplished in circular style painting, and in this case, steps which took further artistic talent reversing the line with by incorporating zig-zagging the lines periodically adding a dynamic element to this doll. Additionally is the addition of nature with abstract flowers, grasses, and birds flying in red, green, and purple on the body of the doll. The head has a black lined Janome pattern, also known as the snake-eye on the top of the head, leaving the center open and surrounded with a red floral motif, (commonly seen on the tops of the paper and lacquered umbrellas, (Kasa) of the period. The head is an egg form, with the face incorporating futae-mabuta, (double lid) eyes, and a tare-bata, (long nose) culminating in smiling lips and a red tongue. The piece is titled and signed on the bottom of the doll and a carver who was a student of Master: Sakura Yoshio- 1940s). Additionally, the piece was featured in the book, Kokeshi Wooden Treasures of Japan, published in 2025, which has sold over 5,000 copies since its publication.

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Condition: Excellent and beautiful condition affording the doll age-old elegance. Retains the original craft/workmanship showing a wonderfully-developed untouched patina commensurate with age. “You will not see another doll of this type and quality” on the market. The piece meets all the standards of Traditional Kokeshi collectibles and is an exceptional piece for collectors of Tsuchiyu Family dolls.