Vintage Kokeshi by Kano


A Vintage kokeshi by Kano (Chiyomatsu Kanou) is highly prized and seldom seen.  Kano-san shows his ability to create and select a form that best interacts with the natural characteristics of the intrinsic beauty of wood, harmoniously blending the traditional and contemporary imagery. Most have simple facial expressions utilizing a ‘one-stroke eye’, (Hitofude-me). Some figures utilize the Yukata / Ikat-style clothing or simple lines defining the layers of the clothing. His kokeshi have a peaceful, elegant old hometown look and feel. His designs incorporate flowers in a multitude of styles a beauty to behold.

This kokeshi is in excellent condition standing at 26.5cm tall with artist signature on the bottom. This kokeshi features carved lines representing the hair and garment folds and hand painted green flowers on the body. An excellent mid century doll highly collectable.

Kano-san was born in 1935 and has died, but the year is unknown. He started making Sosaku dolls around 1953. He was a multi- prize winning artist, including the Prime Minister’s Award at least twice

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