Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi Entitled: "Mebae | Flower Bud" by Watanabe, Masao


Dimensions: 9-1/2”h

This doll has a very unusual lathe-turned feature. Its head treatment is emphasized by an elongated neck which is made to allow the head to move freely and is known as a “nodder”, which is an extremely unique and rare feature for kokeshi. Her head has beautifully delineated hair with a unique hat to give further character to the doll. The doll has a beautiful waistline that is accentuated with different wood and with ‘Chattering work’ to give it definition. As with many of Watanabe’s dolls, he celebrates the wood from which they were made. Inscribed on the bottom of each doll is Watanabe-san’s name.

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.