Vintage Sakura Sosaku Kokeshi by Takahashi, Hajime


Dimensions: 10-0”h

This is an exceptionally unique doll in that it head/hair has an unusual treatment. The head, as with standard Kokeshi, has a simple round form with the slits for the eyes and button red nose. Its traditional hairstyle, (taregami), is used to top the head and hair fringes. The unusual  and stylized topknot is the most unique feature in that it resembles a hair ornament, (Kansasi) with a piece of gold foil for ornamentation. The artist has employed an abstract cherry blossom motif (Sakura) by allowing the motif to be the natural wood where he standardly celebrates seasonal flowers and festivals. Takahashi-san has an unusual way to illustrate kimono in a very painterly way and in this case in deep red. He shows both the kimono as a solid form with no indication of its waist or obi. The piece is signed by the artist and has his red stamp on the bottom of the doll.

Condition: Excellent, “as is” original condition with minimal affects from aging, and retaining a wonderful patina with no fading or discoloration. Beautiful doll.