Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi entitled: “Kurumi no’nanoko | Walnut Girl” by Sekiguchi, Toshio
A rare and most interesting doll with 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. Sekiguchi-san outlines the hair through sumi-e line work. It has a minimally-detailed face with the ‘bindi’, which is a Hindu tradition and worn by women for religious purposes or to indicate that they’re married. The doll is made of waxed walnut in its natural color, with five sections of actual walnuts affixed to the Obi. The Obi itself is an inset of lighter wood and is seen as a separate detail. The doll is titled on the obi with its name, his script signature, and his red impressed stamp.
Condition: Excellent, original condition, with no fading or loss of color and consistent with age. The piece meets all the standards of collectible Folk Art.
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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.