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


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.