Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi

Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi by Shibata, Eiko Entitled: Ume | Plum Blossom

Shibata Eiko



Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 17-0”h

This is an exceptionally large Kokeshi with abstract carved Plum Blossom ornamentation. It has horizontal carved rings similar to fine Rokoru Mayo lines that are the same in width and encircle the doll, all done through turning on the lathe. The piece has a beautifully vermillion (red) lacquered background in a waterfall pattern accentuating the carved artwork. Her head and neck are two separate elements to give a graceful dimension to the doll with hair that is simply suggested with bold black eyes and tiny red lips. The piece is detailed and signed on the bottom and stamped.

Condition: Excellent and commensurate with age with no scratches, flaws, or discoloration. The photos support the description.

NOTE: Eiko Shibata, (1924-) is from Shiraishi, Miyagi Prefecture. She has been creating kokeshi for over fifty (50) years focusing on culture and the heart of the Japanese people.  

Artisan | Woodworker: Shibata, Eiko | 1924-


Shibata-san has been creating kokeshi for over fifty, (50), years, focusing on the culture and heart of the Japanese people. She was born, and lived in Miyagi-ken, Sendai-shi. 

As collectors we felt it was most important to represent all Sosaku Kokeshi artists, whether or not the artist has a written account of his or her life. Each show the diversity of this cultural specialization and the creative work produced by this artist.

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

Shibata’s dolls are typically large, impressive dolls expresssing the joy of the season, (incorporating cherry and plum blossoms), and the awakening of Spring. She works very abstractly, with her decorative elements, giving them both interest and character. Many of her pieces are lacquered in bright colors such as vermillion. As seen here, the minimally carved elements give definition to the Kimono.

Artist's Signature: