Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi entitled: “Hatsune | A Lady” by Shouzan, Shido

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Dimensions: 19-1/2”h

Shouzan-san loved studying the use of combining different types of wood
to gain the desired effect, and to give dimension to his pieces. This doll combines three different woods in its creation. He also enjoyed creating slender, tall dolls to support the fact that they resemble the tall, thin trees seen throughout Japan. As in real life, the layering of clothing is shown through delicate carving techniques, including the narrow carved and unornamented Obi, or lack thereof. 

Here we see a different type of headdress, one of which he called a ‘Tsunokakushi’, which is a wide hood type of design, topped with a ‘Mage’. The doll is wearing a double layered kimono with a neckline that is cut lower, cut to expose the thin, exaggerated neck. The faces of the doll is understated, with a tiny red dot for a nose. The piece has an impressed mark on the bottom. 

Condition: Excellent condition for the piece is perfect, with no missing elements or color loss, and is in exceptional condition. A beautiful, original, finish, retaining the original craftsmanship. Museum-quality: meeting the standards of the collector of the Sosaku Kokeshi Folk Art genre.