Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi entitled: “Futari no shimai | Two Sisters” by Ishihara, Hideo

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Dimensions: 11-0”h; 9-0”h 

This pair of Ishihara’s Kokeshi represent two wonderfully turned and carved dolls from his Pigtail series. Offered is what Ishihara refers to as “two sisters”, which show a superb “Chattering” technique, giving texture to the form, including the body, and highlighted in black pigment to enhance the texturing. The hand-formed “Braid” is a stacking of cylindrical elements, and represents ”innocence”. Each shows expressive faces with big wide eyes and tilted heads as if telling secrets or “moon gazing”.  Being a set the tallest doll is the only one signed and has a faint Ishihara’s black impressed stamp on the bottom and his personal script signature.

Condition: Mint means that the piece retains its original craft/workmanship showing a wonderful-developed patina commensurate which suggests no 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.