It is a rare and unique creative kokeshi!
Real work of art in superb condition and measures 30 cm(11,8")
It is inscribed in kanji that it comes from Yudanaka Onsen (Source of hot waters in Japan, famous for its park with snow monkeys!), And more precisely Shinshu Yundanaka Onsen.
This spectacular Kokeshi is assembled by the artist with 3 different pieces of wood, turned and sculpted, to give it perspective and "depth".
The lower part corresponding to the lower limbs has been left in wood color in order to differentiate the rest of the body as well as the head, which has been lacquered with a pretty khaki green.
It was then finely decorated with complex painting techniques on the entire front, as well as around the face.
It is a beautiful interpretation of autumn!
She chose stylized flowers in fall colors; amber color, shades of green, shades of pink-orange.
The precision and mastery of the technique are impressive. Masami Kato is an artist without a doubt!
The reverse that we can perceive of the kimono, meanwhile, is painted in a very simple way, without gradations, without frills, in order to contrast dazzlingly with this so chic kimono. Indeed, the interior of kimonos in general (even if it does not remain less beautiful) is not also worked, because its primary function is of course to be a simple lining.
She has the same decor on her head. Also, Masami Kato was inspired by the egg-shaped headdresses that brides wear in Japan during the ceremony (because it is not supposed to meet the eyes of any other man).
Precious Kokeshi therefore, with just a few hairs protruding from her headdress, and a soothing facial expression.
Thin neck, which gives it a very sophisticated look. Displayed in your home, it will be radiant, like a work of art in a museum.
Seal of the craftswoman Masami Kato, born in 1925 in Naruko, in the prefecture of Miyagi, and wife of the craftsman Master Shinichi Kato (born in 1920), who is a craftsman of traditional Naruko style kokeshis.
She also learned about the creation of the Kokeshis with him.
She therefore began to create Naruko and Creative Kokeshis in the 80s, and received numerous awards, including the highest prize; that of the Prime Minister.
Masami's work generally includes filming, sculpting and painting techniques to define the face, body and clothing. The color of his Kokeshis is always subtle.
Amazing exceptional piece of lacquer and real gold leaf, 35 cm (13,8")
Kokeshi with pretty proportions, elegant and slender.
The craftsman used what is called "the art of lacquer" in Japan.
This art is still quite common in Japan today and considered luxury items; which makes this Kokeshi a Top of the line art piece.
The kimono was suggested directly engraved in the wood. This pretty Japanese woman wears an obi represented by the central ring of the work; which, at the same time, clearly marks the wasp size of this Goddess-like Kokeshi.
The Kimono was therefore decorated (detail of the technique below) with gold leaf, which makes it shine brightly! Tsujita Ryozo likes to take inspiration from what nature offers him to decorate his Kokeshis, and here are the stars of the universe.
We can therefore think that he wanted to represent Amaterasu who lights up; goddess of the sun and queen of the celestial high peaks in Japanese mythology!
Her outfit and face radiates softness and power. Indeed, to the touch we feel a certain soothing softness of the lacquer and also a fine rough texture of the gold leaves.
Lacquer is actually a latex from a shrub commonly known as a "lacquer tree". In Japan, sap from Urushi or Foasi is used. The bark of the tree at least 10 years old is cut with horizontal notches, the resin is collected and then filtered through cloths to purify it. Then heat the lacquer in the sun to evaporate the water it contains.
The long and delicate lacquering phase consists of successive layers of lacquer, each of which must be completely dry before applying the next layer. Some objects are covered with around twenty layers. You should know that the lacquer only dries in a hot and humid atmosphere in three days on average. Once dry, the lacquer forms an insoluble film without pores.
The surface obtained must be perfectly flat so that it can then receive the final decoration made of vegetable oil and pigments. Finally, it is necessary to polish.
The appearance of lacquerware is often black, but in fact they are rather brown-red, and more or less translucent.
As for decoration, you can engrave lacquer, paint it with gold or silver, inlay with different materials such as ivory, mother-of-pearl, stones, etc.
Most often we use yellow gold leaf or powder, and sometimes we paint the details in Indian ink directly on the gold leaf.
Engraved signature by the Craftsman Tsujita Ryozo borned in 1923 in Odawara in the prefecture of Kanagawa.
Very early on he was drafted into the army during World War II, and was held captive in a Siberian labor camp in the Soviet Union until the late 1950s.
Perhaps trying to recover his lost youth, Tsujita Ryozo started making creative Kokeshi (sosaku) in 1961 after World War II in his hometown of Odawara, where he resided until his death.
He has won numerous Kokeshi awards, including twice the highest award in the 1950s and 80 (the Prime Minister Award). He also won the National Creative Kokeshi Art Exhibition in Shibukawa, Gunma Prefecture, with his Kokeshi model titled Plum.
He is one of fifty local creative Kokeshis artists, presented in a small museum in Hakone.
He draws inspiration from spring to decorate his works, with cherry blossoms, wheat, trees and stars to give character to his kokeshis.
He also uses different textures of wood to express various sensations or feelings.