Kokeshi by Miyajima


Kokeshi by Miyajima (1929-) are extremely collectable and not many found in such mint condition. this beautiful kokeshi doll is 24cm tall and has beautiful watercolours and etched flowers on her body. The artist signature is on the bottom and the wood grain is beautiful. there is a small knick of wood near the base (see picture)

Miyajima-san began his career under the tutelage of Master Yamagata craftsman Kobayashi, in the mid-to late 40s, and then switched to Sosaku doll making in the 1950s. His dolls have had a great influence on Creative, (Sosaku), kokeshil makers since then.

Simple form and function is the theme to Miyajima’s creations. The wood is most critical in his interpretation of the seasons and often incorporates the snow coat called ‘Mino”, which adds depth and character to his pieces. The wearing of the traditional Fuyu Kasa, (hat), of the 1950s is seen on many of his works and was a kind of headcovering for Buddhists, which was overly large, in a bowl or mushroom shape, and was originally made from woven rice straw. He typically incorporates sumi-e’ brush work into his representation of faces, and uneven carved grooving giving ornamentation and texture to the figure. Miyajima-san works in a variety of beautiful woods, but seems to prefer the heavy, dark colored Enju wood, (Pagoda tree), for it’s rich colors and interesting grain.

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