Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi entitled: “Shimoyo | Cold Night” by Murakami, Ken-ichi


Dimensions: 6-3/4"h

The wonderful, textural work is created by deep carving and horizontally-cut lines to reinforce the focus on every part of this doll. It celebrates the child in the life of the Japanese people. As shown in this figure, the practice of cutting the hair in a pinwheel pattern also displays the use of “Chatter Work”, (Birikan’na), to add an extra textural element to the figure. With its youthful hair design and simplicity of the clothing and hair treatment, Ken-ichi-san captures the innocence of youth, with a carved, simple eye treatment, pug nose, and tiny mouth. The wide, carved banding of the sash is standard for this style of doll. The piece has the family stamp/artist mark on the bottom.

Vintage Condition: Pristine, excellent condition affording the doll age-old elegance. Retains the original craft/workmanship showing a wonderfully-developed patina commensurate with age and unrestored. The piece meets all the standards of Sosaku Kokeshi collectibles.