Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi entitled: "Doshin | Child's Mind" by Takeda, Masashi
This sweet doll represents a young girl with her hair in a pinwheel pattern, as it falls over the top of her skull. Both the hair and body display the use of “Chatter Work”, (Birikan’na), to give texture to the form. The body continues to show how the artist employed the same carving technique to ornament the jacket, (haori) with pinwheels on the body. The eyes are simple, shallow carvings, depicting an innocent child. There is an inscription identifying the artist.
Condition: Excellent meaning that the piece retains its original craft/workmanship showing a wonderful-developed patina commensurate with age, with no damage, cracks, breakage, or repairs. The piece meets all the standards of Sosaku Kokeshi collectibles.
Trained as a Sakunami/Yamagata Traditional artist in Yonezawa, Yamagata Prefecture. His master is Takeda Usaburo, who also mentored Masashi’s older brother Shinkichi, who has remained a Traditional Yamagata artist.
As collectors we felt it was most important to represent all Sosaku Kokeshi artists, whether or not the artist has a written account of his or her life. Each show the diversity of this cultural specialization and the creative work produced by this artist.
Collector's note – descriptive qualities, standard characteristics & ornamentation styles:
This artist is known for exceptionally carved and painted detail, and wonderfully intricate, adorned Kimono with some form of floral motif. Giving great character and depth to his dolls, Takeda–san shows his appreciation of the natural decorative quality of wood. Additionally, a typical theme of the mother with child is also seen in his work, but is quite rare. The duo are beautifully constructed, turned on the lathe, and pinned with dowels to create a sensitive, balanced image. The infant is seen in the arms of the mother, which is not meant to be sentimental, and exemplifies the relationship between the figures expressing serenity and stability.