Vintage Kokeshi Doll from Japan


This vintage kokeshi doll from Japan is a rare doll by Sadao Kishi is 44cm tall.  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 amazing kokeshi is in excellent condition without losing focus on the beautiful woodgrain this exquisite doll has leaves randomly etched and subtly coloured on her dark cloak. Her head is covered with a shawl which has been hand carved and etched to create a checkered cloth with fringing. Her serene and happy face is created using the traditional one stroke facial detail. This beautifully detailed kokeshi doll is in excellent condition, a museum worthy piece. There is no signature but this Doll is included in a picture featuring his most famous dolls.

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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