Sosaku kokeshi is completely free regarding the colors, the patterns or the design. The artist make the kokeshi freely upon his imagination !
Creative kokeshi appeared after World War II
Original creative style Kokeshi (sosaku) with an unusual shape of 26 cm.
Unusual: she wears a small pink necklace around her neck! The craftsman took originality to the end. Indeed, he bet on shapes, asymmetry and accessories.
Varnished wood, and very soft to the touch. The original wood color aspect has been preserved, so as not to overload the style of the Kokeshi.
Head tilted very cute with eyes with long eyelashes for a "coquette" look.
Large creative Kokeshi (sosaku) about 30 cm.
Minimalist style with an elegant black kimono and pretty flowers carved and then painted in pale purple.
Her head is almost buried in his kimono for a "cozy" side, which contrasts perfectly with the coldness that this black color can give off.
Hair tied in a bun on the top of the head like maiko and geisha.
Slightly erased signature of the craftsman on the base. It could be Suigai Sato borned in 1920.
Kokeshi (massive) creative of 24 cm in its antique original box.
Nice decor of Japanese camellias, Tsubaki in Japanese, often represented in all forms of Japanese Art.
These flowers were very popular with nobles during the Edo period (1603-1867). Among warriors and samurai, the red camellia symbolized a noble death (they saw it as the symbol of the fleetingness of life in the red petals of the newly opened flower).
However, red camellia means love!
The neon pink "O" shaped mouth is an absolute cutie!
Signed by the craftsman Noboru Tamura.
Kokeshi Sosaku (creative) about 12 cm (4,7"), representing Kaguya Princess (Kaguya hime)
This piece was painted with a black lacquer, and decorated with vermilion-colored bamboo leaves to recall the luminous bamboo in which Princess Kaguya was born; character from an ancient Japanese tale, dating from the 10th century.
The eyes and the fringe have been burned to give more character and relief to the princess.
When held in the hand, it is extremely soft; perhaps to make us feel the sweetness felt by the adoptive father of Kaguya hime, when he discovered it that day in bamboo shoot.
For the anecdote, the tale (the oldest in Japan) says that a peasant discovers inside a bamboo rod a baby the size of an inch and decides to collect it. The child, who grows as fast as a bamboo stick "(hence her name Kaguya), becomes a lovely young girl. When her adoptive father finds a gold nugget in another bamboo, he decides to give her an education worthy of a princess and bring her to the city.
The reputation of her beauty spreads all over the country and the contenders rush to ask for her hand, despite the indifference of Kaguya, who regrets his campaign and his friends. The girl is not easily seduced ...
Master Toa Sekiguchi's red hanko seal.
Son of Sansaku Sekiguchi (1925-2018); he was born in 1942 in the prefecture of Gunma (Honchû island). He still lives and works there with his family, who all create Sosaku Kokeshi dolls (creative style)
He started to create creative kokeshi dolls around the age of 40, and won numerous prizes, the highest of which was the Prime Minister's Prize.
Toa Sekiguchi often uses magnificent paintings on Mizuki wood (dogwood) for his pieces. He uses motifs such as festival elements representing fireworks, or natural elements such as abstract Gingko leaves (the Ginkgo trees survived the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, and are considered to be a " bearer of hope ").
It is also inspired by wheat, plum blossoms, cloudy skies, and sunsets.
Many of his pieces have long hair sculpted for the most part, in order to be able to suggest the strands of hair.
Toa Sekiguchi inevitably shows her artistic capacities with magnificent creations of color (black, green, red, gold) often spangled.
Superb autumn colors in burgundy tones, for this Kokeshi whose only decoration is subtle red maple leaves (kôyô in Japanese). Se is 25 cm (9,8")
They are painted in a gradient of colors (red, yellow and orange), so that one can perceive the movement of the wind which carries them away. We can also see the grain of the wood through the paint, which reinforces this idea of movement, and also brings a warmer side to the minimalism of this piece.
Mouth to heart too cute!
The hair was painted the same color as the body, in burgundy, to maintain the uniformity that the craftsman wanted to create.
Signed by the craftsman Noboru Tamura.
This [massive!] Daruma is 18 cm. With earrings!
Bodhidharma (Daruma in Japanese) was a Persian Buddhist monk from India, and founder of Zen Buddhism in Japan.
There are 73 photos of the iconography of Bodhidharma in Japan, and in 37 of them, he wears earrings!
Perhaps the circle of Zen symbolism is also represented in his round earrings.
Daruma finds its origin in the temple of Daruma (Shorinzan), in the city of Takasaki in the prefecture of Gunma (north of Tokyo). They were protective amulets for the New Year and the face is inspired by that of Bodhidharma.
According to legend, he meditated until reaching enlightenment, and thus spent nine years in a sitting position, without moving and without closing his eyes. He lost the use of his limbs. This is why the Daruma is represented with open eyes, without arms or legs.
It represents a bearded man and is mostly painted red with large eyes topped with bushy eyebrows. The expression of the daruma, with its two large open eyes, embodies the struggle, determination and perseverance of the monk Bodhidharma.
Daruma is therefore a symbol of perseverance and good fortune in the Japanese tradition.
It perfectly embodies the Japanese proverb which says “fall seven times, get up eight times”.
Signed by the craftsman on the body; making it a unique piece.
Sticker on the base which indicates that it comes from the city of Inami, in the prefecture of Toyama in Japan.
Very original and rare (very hard to find) creative kokeshi about 15,5cm (6")
Signed by the artisan Takahashi Hashime (1918-2002)
He was considered one of the best plum blossom artist
He has won numerous awards, including the highest price : "Prime Minister's Award"