Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi entitled “Dojo | Young Lady” by Tanaka, Harumasa


Dimensions: 9-1/4”h

These three examples by Tanaka-san beautifully illustrate the accomplished use of form and unornamented surface. The most unusual aspect, of course, is the ‘Bob’ hair design style, which is uniform in each doll of this style and adds elegance to his interpretation of young schoolgirls. She has upswing eyes and a red dot for a nose. The doll is made from Birch wood. There is a very unusual and an older inscription identifying the artist and this special collection of dolls.

Tanaka-san is acknowledged as a leading member of the Sosaku movement in the 1950s-60s and is a multiple award winner. He additionally was recognized for his creation, Kantsubaki, (Winter Camellia). Additionally, his doll “Dojo”, Young Lady), won the Prime Minister’s Award in 1965 at the 12th Annual All Nippon Japan Kokeshi Competition.

Condition: Excellent meaning that the piece retains its original craft/workmanship showing a wonderful-developed patina commensurate which suggests a degree of wear that corresponds to its vintage. It is void of damage, cracks, breakage, or repairs and meets all the standards of the collectible Sosaku Kokeshi.