Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi entitled: “Kurumi no’nanoko | Walnut Girl” by Sekiguchi, Toshio
This doll represents a continuance of Sekiguchi-san’s walnut, (Kurumi), theme. Shown is a lathe-turned doll turned from one piece of natural light oak incorporating a beautiful, carved transition between the neck of the figure and the Kimono. The doll is left natural and simply waxed, with traditional features shown in the face and hairstyle (Nihongami). An ornamented ‘Mage’ treatment with half chrysanthemum flowers and a Kansashi made of a simple dowel, holds the wrapped hair to keep it in place. The only decorative element is the three affixed, natural and dark walnut sections on the front of her kimono, contrasting the smooth surfaces of the doll. A small incised line simulates the Obi. The doll has a white script signature on the back of the doll, and a kanji mark naming the doll on the bottom.
Condition: Excellent, pristine original condition, archival quality because of the uniqueness of the doll.
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Born in Gunma Prefecture in 1947, Toshio is not related to Sekiguchi, Sansaku and his family. He won the Craft Council Award for his extraordinary forms.
Collector's note – descriptive qualities, standard characteristics & ornamentation styles:
Toshio’s piece entitled, “Natsu.no.hi”, (Summer Day), is a beatifully painted doll of Mizuki (Dogwood). Numerous motifs are used in this and other dolls, including natural elements such as walnut sections, abstracted chrysanthemum flowers, and details of textiles. All are executed in natural woods, gold, silver and black. Many of his pieces display traditional hairstyles and hairpieces. Toshio demonstrates artistic, painterly abilities with beautiful details throughout a variety of creations and sizes.