These exclusive Vintage Kokeshi are by the Famous Shozan Shido. The dolls are a minimalist work and use the natural wood to their full potential. The carved details in combination with the dark wood give these doll a powerful appearance. Both kokeshi are wearing a mino. This is a type of clothing worn by the farmers and rural people in the mountains to protect them from rain and snow. This representation is a classic design by Shozan, but this version is very, very rare! This might well be the only once we will ever find!
Height: 42 cm and 46 cm!!! Diameter foot: 7,8 cm and 8 cm Weight: 2655 g. and 4040 g. Style: Creative - Sosaku Signed by the artisan: Yes
Please look at the pictures carefully to assess the condition of the item. The left kokeshi has a crack on her bottom. See the rictures from details.
Short Bio of Shido Shozan (1932 - 1995)
Shido Shozan was born in Oita prefecture in 1932. Originally, he was a traditional Yamagata artisan and attended the Chuo University in Tokyo. 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 arguably amongst the most popular, and sought by collectors all over the world making them highly expensive. Shido-San passed away in 1995.