Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi entitled: “Hatsune | A Lady” by Shouzan, Shido |1932- 1995


Dimensions: 19-1/2”h

Shouzan-san loved studying the use of combining different types of wood, (Paulownia, Beech, Cherry, and Persimmon) to gain the desired effect, and to give dimension to this piece. He also enjoyed creating slender, tall dolls to support the fact that they resemble the tall, thin trees seen throughout Japan.

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 large ‘Mage’. As in real life, the layering of clothing is shown through delicate carving techniques. This doll is wearing a double-layered kimono with a neckline that is cut lower and cut to expose the thin, exaggerated neck. The face on this doll is understated, with slanted eyes and a tiny red dot for a nose. The piece shows an outline of the name of the doll and his signature on the back which is mostly worn off from handling.

Condition: Excellent, perfect condition, and commensurate with age with wonderful workmanship, turning, and painted features. The piece meets all the standards of collectible Folk Art.