Large Vintage Kokeshi by Sadao Kishi


This large vintage kokeshi by Sadao Kishi is 47cm tall. Sadao Kishi produced hundreds of creative Kokeshi dolls until his passing. During his career, he received numerous awards, including the Prime Minister’s Award and the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award. He is credited with being one of the major influences of the ‘Sosaku Kokeshi Movement, gaining recognition for the dolls as a popular and valid art form.

This amazing kokeshi is in excellent condition with focus on the beautiful woodgrain. There is a subtle carved pattern  with tangerine and pale lemon coloured flowers centred amongst the dappled carving. The serene one stroke facial detail makes for a very elegant kokeshi for the collector.

Sadao Kishi, a kokeshi artist, combines subjects related to mothers and children on the bodies of his kokeshi as both form-giving and decoration. His dolls are all beautifully proportioned and come in a variety of sizes, and they all celebrate nature and its contribution to everyday life. The use of plain turned wood emphasises the subject of his work.

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