Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi entitled: “Donguri noyado | Acorn Girl” by Watanabe, Masao |1917-2007

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Dimensions: 10-1/2”h

The figure shown has an unusual approach in that the head is cradled on the top of a lathe-turned Kimono/base. The base of the piece is hand-painted in full color in relief to represent acorn leaves in the fall. “Donguri no seikurabe” is a Japanese proverb meaning, “comparing the height of an acorn”, and refers to the belief that, “there being little to choose from between them for they are all alike”. This Kokeshi is not at all common in its turning or decorative treatment. Her face is typical of a young girl with a slight wisp of hair falling over her forehead using a  sumi-e’ technique and showing ‘one-stroke eyes’, (Hitofude-me) and a red nose. There is a full inscription/name of the piece, impressed stamp, and artist's signature.

Condition: Excellent, perfect condition, and commensurate with age with wonderful workmanship, turning, and painted features. The piece meets all the standards of collectible Folk Art.