Shido Shozan Kokeshi Doll


This Shido Shozan kokeshi doll is pure elegance. This slim and beautiful vintage Japanese kokeshi doll by master kokeshi doll artisan Shozan Shido is 49cm tall with artist signature on the bottom. I have had this doll in the past but not one this tall or in such good condition for a doll of the 1960’s. She is made from a light coloured wood with minimalist decoration. Shido’s works are exceedingly rare and in high demand by collectors. He produced kokeshi that stand the test of time as true sculptures by integrating mid-century modern design with Japanese traditional aesthetics.

Shido Shozan is widely regarded as the most influential artist in the world of sansaku kokeshi doll making, according to both collectors and critics alike. Shido Shozan’s main emphasis was on portraying unadorned Northern girls wearing the traditional “Mino,” or Snow Coat, but he also made tall, slender dolls with sparse decorations. His keen sense of style, restrained use of colour, and clean, elegant forms set him apart from his contemporaries, making him one of the most collectable artists of the 1960s. He is a multi award winner of sansaku kokeshi including the Prime Minister’s Award.

Shido Shozan was fascinated by the idea of mixing various types of wood to achieve the desired effect and give his pieces dimension. He also enjoyed making slender, tall dolls to represent the tall, thin trees that can be found in Japan.

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