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.
The signature of the artist is on the bottom of the doll.
This hand-painted and carved Kokeshi came boxed, with a story about the doll by the artist.
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, 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. -Minoru Otawa