Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi entitled: “Mushin | Innocence” by Watanabe, Masao

Sale price$165.00

Dimensions: 12-0”h

This rendition is one of the earlier models of a mother and child which follows the theme of ‘Innocence’ for which the artist is famous. This doll incorporates Watanabe’s uses the ‘Hyoutan’, (gourd), shaped head with a slight indication of hair, elongated eyes and tiny white dot indicating the nose. The major difference of this Kokeshi is the use of a Shibori Yukata, (unlined cotton summer kimono,) in which is a hand died textile, which resembles a type of tie-dyeing, and is colored with pigments of mauve and creamy- yellow, with undertones of stylized cherry blossoms. This is accomplished with the use of a gessoed texture, giving dimension and life to the piece. Finally it has a white sash or belt which is typically worn with a summer bathrobe worn at home and to go back and forth the the Onsen. The doll has Watanabe’s old script signature on the bottom which also identifies the piece.

Condition:  Mint condition exhibiting an aged patination and meticulous care. There are no missing elements, no scratches or imperfections related to daily use with all detailed elements intact. The object retains the original craftsmanship, meeting the standards of the collector of Japanese Sosaku Kokeshi