Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi entitled: “Fuyu no on'nanoko | Winter Girl” by Shouzan, Shido (1932-1995)

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Dimensions: 11-1/2”h

Master Shido Shouzan was born in Oita prefecture in 1932. He was one of the first kokeshi artists to use a variety of woods in his creations, including Mulberry, and Persimmon. He later introduced Keyaki, (Zelkova), and Enju, (pagoda tree), for doll making. Living in Yonezawa City, he was influenced by the snowy winters, and this motif is very prominent in his works. This doll is a maiden wearing a traditional rice-straw coat called a “Mino”. As with most of his creations, he names his works after completing them which helps him to define the piece. 

This Kokeshi represents a young girl wearing a Minomushi, (Snow Coat), which is a favorite theme because of what he observed growing up. The Mino is an article of clothing worn to protect rural people of the mountains from rain and snow and is fashioned after an earlier version that was made of straw. This doll has a wooden dowel on the back, keeping the large Mino securely fixed to the body). Shouzan-san enjoyed the textural qualities of ‘Chattering’, and demonstrates the process beautifully with the winter covering employed in this creation. Beyond this texturing, he employed minimal painted ornamentation as shown in the undergarment on this doll. He uses contrasting colors to differentiate the woods on the plain band of waxed wood. A simple face with bangs and elongated eyes is peeping out from under the Mino. The doll has Shouzan’s Hanko on the bottom of this doll.

 The piece was published 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: https://mingeiarts.com/collections/artisan-woodworker-shido-shozan-1932-1995.

Condition: Excellent lathe turning, detailing, and size, for it is outstanding, impressive, and beautiful. 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 by Shouzan, Shido.