Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi entitled: “Okāsan to kodomo | Mother and Child” by Katase, Kaihei (1921-2015)

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Dimensions: 4-1/4” dia.

A typical theme by a few Kokeshi artists is that of either the mother with child or the infant in the arms of the Oshin, (Baby Sitter). Japanese mothers are known for proactively predicting the needs of their children, making the prevention of fuss a high priority. The babysitter was a trusted and essential part of the Japanese family who gave assurance that each child would be lovingly cared for throughout the day.  

This wonderful, rotundus doll was made to exemplify this relationship between the figures, expressing serenity and stability. Here we see the adult face peering out from under a blanket wrap called a “Kakumaki”, which is a winter shawl. Her loving eyes and hair, pulled back, along with the head of the baby with a few tufts of hair, is looking up to the mother/Oshin. Both heads are three-dimensional which are separate elements in the design. The body of the doll is covered in festive strips of multiple colors, with one silver and one gold cherry blossom on the front. The doll has both Katase-san’s “Hanko”, (impressed personal stamp), and a notation, “Made in Japan” which means the piece was made for export and most likely made between 1945-1952. 

The piece was also included in the 2022 publication of Sosaku Kokeshi: Celebrating the Major Artists of the Creative Movement. For more information on this artist go to the following link: https://mingeiarts.com/collections/artisan-woodworker-katase-kahei-1922-2015.

Condition: Outstandingly excellent, impressive, and heartwarming. No chips, cracks, breaks, missing pieces, or restoration, and retains its original details and finish. The piece meets all the standards of the vintage collectible Sosaku Kokeshi by Katase, Kaihei.