Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi entitled: “Kantori uta | Country Poem” by Yamanaka, Sanpei


Dimensions: 11-1/2”h

Shown is a decorative treatment of the head of this doll that is quite unique, playing off of a tilted head, black “bob” type hair, and hair bows. Its eyes are simply understated with a red dot for a nose. The unusual feature is the horizontal striations of ‘Rokuro- moyo’, a manner in which the colors encircle the body, suggesting the garments worn.

Yamanaka-san is known for his warm, soft colors, always with a child-like sense of wonder about them. These represent a sense of the typical rural areas. There is an inscription on the bottom of the doll along with his stamp identifying Yamanaka-san as the maker.

Condition: Excellent meaning that the piece retains its original craft/workmanship showing a wonderful-developed patina commensurate which suggests a 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.