|Sukawa Kokeshi Doll
This post WWII Kokeshi doll was carved from a 1-inch tree limb. It is signed by the artist, Minoru Otawa.
Origin: Ichinoseki Japan
This hand-painted and carved Kokeshi comes with a story about the doll by the artist
A professional translation of the artist's story appears below. The artist's story is a lovely account of what inspired his art.
The foil sticker reads: "Recommend" by "Iwate Prefecture Visitors Bureau." This doll is thought to have been carved and created years ago as a souvenir; not mass produced but rather individually handcrafted, commisioned and duplicated for sales.
It was before Showa era that I saw a young lady who was wearing a Okoso veil and a shawl with snow pants and snow boots on in a village at the bottom of a mountain where famous Sukawa winter wind was blowing down snow.
Sukawa Kokeshi is something I carved from raw wood with bark of the image of the pure and lovely figure that is left inside my eye lids.
Miscellaneous links to the specifics of this Kokeshi:
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