Sadao Kishi Vintage Kokeshi


Sadao Kishi vintage kokeshi (1932-1998) is 30cm.  Kishi-san produced hundreds of creative Kokeshi dolls until his passing. During his career, he received numerous awards, winning the Prime Minister’s Award and the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award (METI). 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 cute vintage kokeshi is in great condition for it’s age with an aged patina and focus on the beautiful woodgrain. A sweet childlike face and bob hair with kazashi detail. Her kimono is hand painted and etched floral design in autumn colours and a peak of a patterned obi. Artist stamp is on the bottom.

As a kokeshi artist Kishi-san incorporates  subjects related to mothers and children as both form-giving and decoration on the bodies of his kokeshi. All of his creations are beautifully proportioned dolls, found in many sizes, and celebrates nature and its connection to everyday life. An emphasis on simple turned wood gives focus to the subject of his work.

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