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


Dimensions: 18-1/2”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 is made of Keyaki wood and left in its natural state. Shouzan 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 on these dolls are understated, with a tiny red dot for a nose. The piece is signed on the bottom with the Onsen mark along with his impressed red stamp.

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.