Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi entitled: “Doji | Unperturbed ” by Yamanaka, Sanpei (1926-2012)

Sale price$85.00

Dimensions: 4-0”h x 3-1/2”dia.

Offered is an old version of this form of Kokeshi by Yamanaka-san. Simplicity is so much more, when it celebrates the plain and the pure, just like this interpretation of a child portrayed in this charming figure. It is, of course, styled to imitate the chestnut, with a small pointed head and a childlike face peering out at the world. The doll plays off of the natural characteristics of the wood contrasting with a black enamel coat to bring focus to the unpainted, natural color face. The piece is simply lathe-turned, relying on the wonderful texture and medium undertones of reddish shade of brown colorations represented in the face. 

The Japanese chestnut, ‘Kuri’, symbolizes the coming of the fall season in Japan. Yakiguri, (roasted chestnuts), can be found in street stands, markets, and at festivals. The signature of the artist is in red as he typically uses with his signature.

Yamanaka-san received 20 awards for his Kokeshi including the prestigious “Prime Minister” award in 1979. The piece was published in Sosaku Kokeshi: Celebrating the Major Artists of the Creative Movement in 2022. For more information on this artist go to the following link: https://mingeiarts.com/collections/artisan-woodworker-yamanaka-sanpei-1926.

Condition: Excellent, meaning that the piece retains its original craft/workmanship showing a wonderfully developed patina commensurate and void of damage, cracks, or breakage. This doll meets all the collectible Japanese Sosaku Kokeshi standards by Yamanaka, Sanpei.