Vintage Traditional Nakanosowa Takobozu Kokeshi by Master Fumio, Kakizaki (1947-)

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Dimensions: 15-1/4” h

This is an exceptionally large and rare doll by this artist and represents a sub-strain of the Nakanosowa, a member of the Tsuchiyu family. However, it is so obviously different from the rest of this family that it warrants its "own" classification and is affectionately nicknamed “Take boze”, (which translates octopus) with a characteristically shaved and painted head. This stream of Kokeshi is inspired by a street dancer named Iwamoto Kenichi who performed a fast-tempo foot dance called a "Kappore" and conducted dancing lessons for local geisha girls.

The face was so distinctive that it was given its own identity. The face is the distinguishing feature that always incorporates the Bikkuri-me, (surprised eyes), with blushes around the eyes, and the Shishi-Bana, (lion’s nose), and a unique mouth. The elongated thin body incorporates the Rokuru Moyo horizontal lines framing realistic and abstract flowers on all sides of the doll. The dominant color is red, with some accents of green. It shows black concentric circles on the top of the head called Jano-me, together with a draped red bow loop on the sides of the temporal head (Kase). The doll is signed.

Condition: Excellent, outstandingly large, impressive, and beautiful. No chips, cracks, breaks, missing pieces, or restoration, and retains its original details with slight marks of aging. While considered a sub-strain of the Tsuchiyu Kokeshi, these beguiling dolls have a special attraction to collectors because of their history. The piece meets all the standards of the collectible Nakanosowa Traditional Dolls.