Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi Entitled: “Tai | Desire” by Miyajima, Muhitsu


Dimension: 7-0” h

Miyajima-sans dolls have had a great influence on Creative, (Sosaku). This doll form was a multiple award winner, Miyajima-san won the prestigious Prime Minister’s Award in 1973.

This doll incorporates sumi-e’ brush work on the body with an uneven carved grooving, (Chattering), technique giving ornamentation and texture to the figure. This specific piece is made of heavy, dark colored Enju wood, (Pagoda tree), affording it a rich color and interesting grain.

As shown, the artist incorporates a ‘snow coat’ called ‘Mino’, on this piece. The wearing of a beautifully formed traditional Fuyu Kasa, (Winter hat used In the Edo period), but in this case, the 1950s), is seen in many of his works. This was a kind of woven hat worn by Buddhists and Samurai called a Jingasa, which was an overly large bowl with a thick brim, with carved grooves on the front panel of the hat. Dutch and Japanese scholars say this may also be a hairstyle worn by Japanese women who copied the look of the hat, and because of the grooved linework above the forehead, might represent bangs, which would substantiate their research of the subject. Here, Miyajima-san incorporates a very unusual and seldom seen Ikat, (Tai), motif on wood, composed of red and green geometric forms that cover the entire outer snow coat. Textile design, which was one of his fascinations, is beautifully rendered by replicating the method for coloring fabric in patterns. This doll is signed in script on the bottom.

Condition: Excellent, original condition, with no fading or loss of color. Consistent with age and standards of collectible Folk Art. All details are perfect and as crafted.