Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi entitled: “‘Kitakaze’ | North Wind” by Miyajima, Muhitsu


Dimensions: 12-1/4”h

Offered is an exceptional carved figure fabricated from a combination of woods, (Beech, Elm, and Dogwood). It has three parts distinctive parts: its wonderfully fashioned head; the snow coat and the base. Firstly, its face is quite simple incorporating sumi-e’ brushwork and tilted looking downwards with a suggestion of her hair pushed to the sides of the face, horizontal expressive eyes, and a small dot representing her nose. 

The most unique element is her tightly wrapped and heavy “Mino” (winter coat). In this particular case Muhitsu-san made the coat from one branch of the tree, tapered to accentuate the body but most importantly, it has a naturally formed knot on the back of the coat which is a visible imperfection in the wood that is circular and darker than the surrounding wood area giving a one-of-a-kind element to the coat adding depth and character to the overall piece. This incorporation Each section is made of a combination of woods, Birch (Kabanoki) and Maple (Momiji), in which the figure is of lighter colored wood, and the coat is a darker wood. The piece is finished with a clear lacquer to accentuate the natural color of the wood. The doll is signed in script with a red incised stamp on the bottom.

A multiple award winner, Miyajima-san won the prestigious Prime Minister’s Award in 1973. The piece is published in the book entitled: Sosaku Kokeshi: Celebrating the Major Artists of the Creative Movement, 2022.

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 (other than those noted above related to the natural knot and shown in the image), breakage, or repairs and meets all the standards of the collectible Sosaku Kokeshi.