Tall Sadao Kishi Kokeshi Doll


This tall Sadao Kishi kokeshi is 50cm tall and a well known doll by Kishi-san named “Innocence”. 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 kokeshi is in excellent condition with focus on the beautiful woodgrain. There are some age marks but no dents or dings just marks giving the doll an aged patina. I would consider this a “classic” kokeshi. In the early days of creative kokeshi, prize winning dolls were very popular and more affordable compared to today’s winners. It’s why they tend to be more readily available.The wheat design is carved and hand coloured. 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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