This stunning kokeshi by Watanabe Masao is a very rare piece. The hairstyle is the main eyecatcher of this doll and combines really nice with the smooth surface of her kimono. She is all about elegance. The wood grain pattern looks gorgeous. She has a crack on her side.
Watanabe Masao is one of the famous creative kokeshi artists. He was born in 1917 in Fukushima Prefecture. He has won many awards; including the prestigious prime minister award several times (1963 and 1971). The predominant theme of his dolls is innocence (mushin). His dolls are in musea all over the World. His work is on permanent display in the notable Nuremberg Toy Museum.
Height: 54 cm Diameter foot: 11,5 cm Weight: 3342 g. Style: Creative - Sosaku Signed by the artisan: Yes
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