Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi entitled: “Ei | Brilliant” by Katase, Kaihei (1921-2015)


Dimensions: 10-00”h

This “one-off” creation is truly an exceptional, three-dimensional form, all lathe-turned, which is a feat unto itself, with hand-crafted details and finish. The focus of this doll is the brilliant vermilion red wedding Kimono, with irregular oil and water motifs of yellow, turquoise, and black lacquer. Her arms are raised as if welcoming guests with respect and courtesy. Her head is small compared to her overall body, with black, unbound flowing hair, (Heian styling), falling down the sides of her face. This hairstyle was said to intensify spiritual energy and beauty, as well as being a mark of elevated rank. Her neck is covered by a white “Juban” collar, (Kurotomesode), which defines the most formal type of kimono for married women. Her eyes are not painted, but carved into the wood, and she has a tiny red dot for a nose. Having been made for a special customer, the piece is signed in red Kanji on the bottom, along with the doll’s name. Art objects at this time were not necessarily signed because they were made for domestic customers, and the artist was known throughout every prefecture throughout Japan. Signatures became popular, and required when international business was established.) 

This piece was recognized as a “Prime Minister” award winner appearing in their first Kokeshi Art Exhibition catalog. The piece was also included in the 2022 publication of Sosaku Kokeshi: Celebrating the Major Artists of the Creative Movement. For more information on this artist go to the following link:

Condition: Superb, outstandingly excellent, impressive, and beautiful. We have not seen another in 30 years of collecting Sosaku Kokeshi. No chips, cracks, breaks, missing pieces, or restoration, and retains its original details and finish. The piece meets all the standards of the vintage collectible Sosaku Kokeshi.