These Kokeshi are a rare find. Not only because it is work by Shozan Shido, but also because it is a pair. The dolls are a minimalist work and use the natural wood to their full potential. They represents a calligraphy brush and are decorated with some lovely calligraphy.
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.
Height: both 35 cm Diameter foot: both 4 cm Weight: 516 g. together Style: Creative - Sosaku Signed by the artisan: Yes, the left one
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