Vintage Sosaku Kokeshi entitled: “Yukiguni no Warabe | Children of the Snow Country” by Shouzan, Shido


Dimensions: 11-1/4”h 

This is an exceptional, earlier model of Shuzan’s Snow Coat Kokeshi which incorporates multiple layering of clothing. The snow coat, (Mino), is an outer garment which is meant to keep the Kimono and the undergarments protected from the winter weather. This doll features the beautiful, turned, natural finished wood, (using different woods (Paulownia and Cherry) differentiating the different garments worn with the undergarment featuring a repetitive textural pattern called ‘Chatter’ Work. The head covers her ‘Mage’, (topknot) and is an unusual form not used by other carvers. Her face peeps out from under the Mino and is simply rendered depicting a young girl.

The form speaks for itself, and allows the viewer to enjoy the visual and tactile character exhibited by the wood utilized in their creation. The doll is lacquered and sealed with a natural candle wax, (Roseau no ro). The piece being an earlier piece is unsigned for it was meant for sale only to Japanese citizens on holiday at the Onsen’s. Later signed versions were made for export once foreigners discovered his work.

Condition: Mint condition exhibiting the wonderful manipulation of woods to form the figure producing  a natural, 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.