Vintage Miyajima, Muhitsu Sosaku Kokeshi Entitled: Autumn Wind, (Aki no kaze) Vintage Miyajima, Muhitsu Sosaku Kokeshi Entitled: Autumn Wind, (Aki no kaze)

Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi

Vintage Miyajima, Muhitsu Sosaku Kokeshi Entitled: Autumn Wind, (Aki no kaze)

MiyajimaMiyajima Muhitsu


Age:1940s

Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimension: 9-1/2”h

The abstract and simple form is the standard theme to Miyajima-san’s creations. The wood is most critical in his interpretation of the color of the seasons, and often incorporates a stylized interpretation of the snow coat called ‘Mino”, adding to the depth and character of the piece. He typically incorporates sumi-e’ brush work into his representation of faces, and unevenly carved grooving giving ornamentation and texture to the figure, as well an expressive tilted head. Miyajima-san works in a variety of beautiful woods their rich colors and interesting grain. The most unusual aspect of this doll is her distinctive 'Mie' pose, and the top bulbous vermillion lacquered section of the upper body formed as if her arms and hands are hidden beneath the garment. Her hair is topped with a topknot simply defined by the carving. His stamp is on the bottom of the doll.

Condition: Excellent, original condition showing all the natural characteristics of the wood.


Artisan | Woodworker: Miyajima, Muhitsu | 1929-

Origin:

Miyajima-san was born in Yonezawa City of Yamagata Prefecture, Japan, home of many Traditional Kokeshi makers. He began his career under the tutelage of Master Yamagata craftsman Kobayashi, Kichitaro, in the mid-to late 40s, and then switched to Sosaku doll making in the 1950s. His dolls have had a great influence on Creative, (Sosaku), doll makers since then. A multiple award winner, Miyajima-san won the prestigious Prime Minister’s Award in 1973.

Collector's note – descriptive qualities, standard characteristics & ornamentation styles:

Simple form and function is the theme to Miyajima-san’s creations. The wood is most critical in his interpretation of the seasons and often incorporates the snow coat called ‘Mino”, which adds depth and character to his pieces. The wearing of the traditional Fuyu Kasa, (hat), of the 1950s is seen on many of his works and was a kind of headcovering for Buddhists, which was overly large, in a bowl or mushroom shape, and was originally made from woven rice straw. Seasonal flowers, (Camellia), are often used along with Plum blossoms and tree branches, (see the two dolls at the top right named "Bairin or Plum Grove"). He typically incorporates sumi-e’ brush work into his representation of faces, and uneven carved grooving giving ornamentation and texture to the figure. Miyajima-san works in a variety of beautiful woods, but seems to prefer the heavy, dark colored Enju wood, (Pagoda tree), for it’s rich colors and interesting grain.

Artist's signature:

Miyajima, Muhitsu Kokeshi signature