Vintage Kokeshi by Sadao Kishi


This vintage kokeshi by Sadao Kishi is very tall at 72cm.  Kishi-san produced hundreds of creative Kokeshi dolls until his passing. During his career, he received numerous awards, winning the Prime Minister’s Award and the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award (METI). 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 amazing kokeshi is in excellent condition with stunning detail using his central motif of wheat on the dolls garment and additionally incorporated a simple flower pattern. there is hand detailed pattern on the sleeves of her haori and  her obi is beautifully detailed like a traditional indigo pattern.

As a kokeshi artist Kishi-san incorporates  subjects related to mothers and children as both form-giving and decoration on the bodies of his kokeshi. All of his creations are beautifully proportioned dolls, found in many sizes, and celebrates nature and its connection to everyday life. An emphasis on simple turned wood gives focus to the subject of his work.

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