Tall Vintage Kokeshi Doll by Sekiguchi


A tall vintage kokeshi doll by Sekiguchi (1925-2018) Sekaguchi has his own museum in Gunma and up until his passing in 2018 still lived and worked there with his family, all of whom continue the tradition of their father creating Sosaku Kokeshi. Winner of many awards, he received the Ministry of International Trade Industry Award in 1978. Since then he has won the Prime Minister’s Award, along with other respected commendations.

Toa-san often employs beatifully painted Mizuki (Dogwood), for his pieces. We see all types of motifs used, including festival elements representing fireworks, and natural elements such as abstracted Gingko leaves, (Ginkgo trees survived the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, and are considered a “bearer of hope”). We additionally see wheat, plum flowers, cloud-filled skies, and evening sunsets. Many pieces illustrate long hair executed by deep carving to define the hair strands. Toa definitely shows off his artistic, painterly abilities with beautiful creations in black, grey, vermillion, and gold.

This very tall elegant kokeshi has an abstract floral design on her kimono with fine detail showing her under kimono layers. This kokeshi shows long hair and she is holding a large brim hat. An exquisite kokeshi doll in excellent conditon and is approx 64cm tall. A highly collectable kokeshi

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