Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi entitled: “Seijaku | Silence” by Yamanaka, Sanpei (1926-2012)

Sale price$195.00 Regular price$245.00
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Dimensions:  9-0” h

The technical ability to carve a doll from one piece of wood and still give character to the differing elements of the piece is beautifully rendered on this wonderful Kokeshi. The most common feature is the use of ‘Rokuro moyo’ horizontally carved line work, which is incorporated into the design of the body. The face and red nose carry the feeling of impishness. The black hair treatment, which sets off the doll’s face, also shows the same form of carving over the top of the head, with a ‘Mage’ hairstyle and small ornament keeping the hair in place. There is a red signature on the bottom identifying the piece made by Yamanaka-san.  

Born in Yonezawa, Yamagata Prefecture Japan, a graduate of the Textile Engineering School, a member of the Japan Kokeshi Crafts Association, and an avid photographer. Yamanaka Sansei won 20 awards for his Kokeshi including the prestigious “Prime Minister” award in 1979. The piece was published in Sosaku Kokeshi: Celebrating the Major Artists of the Creative Movement in 2022. For more information on this artist go to the following link: https://mingeiarts.com/collections/artisan-woodworker-yamanaka-sanpei-1926.

Condition: Pristine, meaning that the piece retains its original craft/workmanship showing a wonderfully developed patina commensurate with age. The doll is void of damage, cracks, or breakage. This doll meets all the collectible Japanese Sosaku Kokeshi standards by Yamanaka, Sanpei.