Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi Entitled Ikat by Takahashi, Akinori
This wonderful Kokeshi follows the aesthetic of his father in both form and ornamentation. This is one of his limited creations for which most of the pieces produced focused on the Tanabata festival and incorporates wishes, similar to the tanzaku papers, (colorful, small strips of papers), which are hung on bamboo and tree branches. This rare doll incorporates the Takahashi eye design, which was his father's trademark, and passed on to his son. The face is framed with bangs and side fringes with hair pushed up on top of her head with a colored decorative hairpiece. The body of this beautifully proportioned doll is painted in sky blue with an overall Ikat pattern. The Obi is understated in design showing only the front panel with two colorful wildflowers to celebrate the season. He primarily works in the dogwood. The piece is clearly signed including his seal on the bottom.
Condition: Excellent as originally made with no scratches, flaws, or discoloration.
NOTE: Takahashi, Akinori was born in Miyagi prefecture, Sendai City, Japan in 1957 and son of Takahashi, Hashime. Akinori is a winner of two awards: 2004 and 2005, at the Contemporary Kokeshi Exhibition. He is an accomplished artist and has only created a few Kokeshi in honor of his father. Akinori does not make many Kokeshi for his focus is on other types of folk craft.
Born in Miyagi prefecture, Sendai City, Japan, he is the son of Takahashi, Hashime, and is a winner of two awards: 2004 and 2005, at the Contemporary Kokeshi Exhibition. He is an accomplished artist and has only created a few Kokeshi in honor of his father.
Collector's note – descriptive qualities, standard characteristics & ornamentation styles:
In many respects Akinori follows the aesthetic of his father in both form and ornamentation. However, his production is limited and most of the pieces he has produced focus on the Tanabata festival, which is a Japanese tradition wherein people write their wishes on tanzaku papers, (colorful, small strips of papers), and hang them on bamboo and tree branches as illustrated in his dolls. He also employs cherry, (body painted red) and plum blossoms, (body painted blue) to celebrate the season. He primarily works in dogwood.