This is a famous kokeshi by Shido Shozan. She has a beautiful slender design and the dark versus blank wood is a lovely combination. It gives her a very modern design. She has aged beautifully! This is a great opportunity for adding a rare shozan to your collection! The box is most likely not original.
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: 44,5 cm Diameter foot: 5 cm Weight: 875 g. Style: Creative - Sosaku Signed by the artisan: Yes
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