Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi entitled: “Koharu biyoru” | Indian Summer by Ishihara, Hideo


Dimensions: 11-1/2” h

This particular doll has a motif based on nature and textile design which he particularly loves, as with this Kokeshi portrays a young female character with differing hairstyles, (traditional and 1950s era). As with this doll, he emphasizes a red lacquered Kimono with a textured design utilizing a simple wild flower relief on the front of the doll and brings out the true nature of the form through manipulation of the turned and carved wood. She exhibits a Bob hairstyle and a simple and understated sumi-e’ drawing of the face with a ‘one-stroke eye’, (Hitofude- me). The piece is signed on the bottom by the artist. 

For further information see our section entitled Artisan | Woodworker: Ishihara, Hideo | 1925 - 1999

Condition: Very Good with a professional, (Ishihara apprentice), repaired crack in the back of the head which does not distract from the stability of the doll or its enjoyment and remains the original craft/workmanship showing a wonderfully-developed patina and commensurate with age. This restoration was done because of the uniqueness and inventiveness of the lacquer work treatment. The piece meets all the standards of Sosaku Kokeshi collectibles.