Takeda Masashi Kokeshi Doll
This Takeda Masashi kokeshi doll is called Nobana meaning the wild flower. Made between 1980-1990 and 30cm tall. The material is dark keyaki zelkova wood and the surface is hand carved with chrysanthemum flowers over the natural grain of the wood. An excellent doll highly collectable expressing serenity and stability.
Any kokeshi by Takeda Masashi (1930-2015) are highly sort after and very collectable as they are rare to find and also in such mint condition as this one is. Takeda Masashi studied under Takeda Usaburo.
His kokeshi have a unique style, with rich wooden tones and carved flower detail, and beautifully detailed, decorated Kimono with some kind of carved floral motif. Takeda Masashi appreciates the natural decorative nature of wood by giving his dolls great character and depth. Paint is used sparingly, allowing the natural texture of the wood to shine through.
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