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Shido Shozan Kokeshi Doll

$450.00

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 rare and in very high demand amongst collectors. He combined mid-century modern style with Japanese traditional aesthetics and created kokeshi that stand the test of time as true sculptures.

Shido-san is considered by Kokeshi collectors and critics alike to be arguably the most influential artist in the world of Sosaku Kokeshi doll making. Shido-san’s main focus was depicting unadorned Northern girls in the traditional “Mino”, or Snow Coat, but he also produced tall, thin dolls, which were sparsely decorated. His keen sense of design, minimal use of color, and simple elegant shapes set him apart from his peers, making him one of the most collectible artists emerging from the creative period of the ‘60s. He is a winner of the Prime Minister’s Award, among many other awards.

Shido Shozan loved studying the use of combining different types of wood to gain the desired effect and to give dimension to his pieces. He also enjoyed creating slender, tall dolls to support the fact that they resemble the tall, thin trees seen throughout Japan.

 

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