unknown - Poupée 46 small Vintage Kokeshi dolls - 1960-1970 - Japon
This is Shozan Shido's most well-known kokeshi. It is a tribute to one of Japan's most famous dancers. It is titled 'Osono the dancer'. This kokeshi has such elegance. It is an unusual large size.
Shido Shozan was born in 1932. Originally, he was a traditional Yamagata artisan. He later moved to Yonezawa which greatly influenced some of his designs to depict Yonezawa motifs. His later work also often uses the natural wood grain to bring out delicate and beautiful designs. Shido won numerous awards including the prestigious Prime Minister Award. His kokeshi are amongst the most popular, and sought by collectors all over the world making them expensive. Shido-San passed away in 1995.
Height: 61 cm!
Please examine the pictures carefully in order to assess the quality of this kokeshi. This kokeshi has a piece on her back missing and a crack on her side.
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