This transitional kokeshi is 24 cm (9,4")
Abstract representation of plum blossoms. The kokeshi of this famous craftsman are artistics and minimalists.
Kiyohaya Takao is considered the pioneer of the creative kokeshi. His dolls are similar to Togatta and Yamagata styles.
Handmade and signed by this famous craftman Kiyohara Takao (1916-unknown date of death) who won a lot of awards
This Tsugaru kokeshi is 24 cm (9,4")
Tsugaru style kokeshi may have a round or elongated head. They have a haircut squared. Sometimes they wear a hat or a bun on the top of the head.
Made in one block, the head is not dissociable from their body. The patterns that can be seen on their bodies are peonies, lines, an obi (belt to close the kimono, the way to tie an Obi is an art!), Camellias, or irises.
The body can be either straight or with a wider base.
Signed by the artisan Kojima Toshiyuki (1949-2012)