2Shido Shouzan Picture Born in 1932 and raised in Oita prefecture where he started to create Kokeshi in 1957 his creative works were recognized with numerous awards like the prime minister prize. His Kokeshi are highly coveted by collectors and thus are hard to find. 13 Image 13 Dolls
3Shido Shouzan (志形尚山) These hold their own beauty. Shouzan executes his traditional Kokeshi with a flare, you can detect in the eyes, which easily portray, that they wish to be something different, something more.
4Shido Shouzan (志形尚山) Yamagata Kokeshi by Shido Shouzan 9 1/2 in tall. Wonderful execution of Tegara Ribbons on the head and side hair tufts.
5Shido Shouzan (志形尚山) What contrast from Shouzan's creative form. His traditional Yamagata Kokeshi all sport these wide angled, whale eyes, with raised, immersed in thought, looking eyebrows. While his Sosaku Kokeshi all have single, slim lined eyes.
6Shido Shouzan (志形尚山) Shido Shouzan 4 3/4 inches. Although small in height, this Kokeshi is quite heavy and wide. Certainly stands out on display.
7Shido Shouzan - Dojo (志形尚山) Beautiful wood grain pattern on hair design. Chattered body kimono is brilliantly carved giving it lots of character. Titled Dojo.
8Shido Shouzan (志形尚山) I just love the way the wood grain flows through out this piece. Shido was brilliant at picking just the right way to show off the grain and make his design charm us with its simple yet elegant design.
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10Shido Shouzan (志形尚山) Shido Shouzan titled "Osono". This Kokeshi was featured in the "Wooden Treasures of Japan" book, it stands 16 inches tall.
11Shido Shouzan (志形尚山) Mai - Dancer One of my favorite Kokeshi, the hairstyle is reminiscent of an elgance. The long navy blue dress stunning, as the grains of wood peek through the ink to define it's texture. The natural wood colored obi with the large bowtie just seals the deal. A starry night out, with this beauty, strolling through Yamagata comes to mind.
12Shido Shouzan (志形尚山) Another elegant design by Shouzan. I particularly like the shades of green and orange not too bright but serene. The hair parted and outlining the soft, facial, feautures of this lovely lady.
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14Shido Shouzan (志形尚山) Hatsune - A lady Shido Shouzan Hatsune - A lady. Museum Class 28 inches. This Kokeshi design has been featured in multiple books. Including self published book by Shouzan.
15Shido Shouzan (志形尚山) Yayoi - Full Life Shido Shouzan's Yayoi she stands 75 cm tall. The details on this Kokeshi are simple but beautiful and the technique alone is so well executed that the mastery of Shouzan is clearly understood.
16Shido Shouzan (志形尚山) Yayoi Full of Life Shido Shouzan Yayoi - Full of Life close up pictures
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18Shido Shouzan (志形尚山) Shido Shouzan, I don't know her title but I presume it would reference the beautiful Jug. This Kokeshi stands 18 inches tall.
19Shido Shouzan (志形尚山) Kato No Kage - Shadow of the Ancient City Shido Shouzan - Kato No Kage meaning "Shadow of the Ancient City". Museum Quality 16.5 inches.
20Shidos Shouzan (志形尚山) Hokage 灯影 Meaning Flicker of Light This Kokeshi has been featured in many books, including self published book by Shouzan. It stands 16 1/4 tall. Her name is Hokage meaning Flickering of Light. I could see how the slender elongated body, with the nihongami hair resemble a candlestick of sorts.
21Shido Shouzan (志形尚山) Hokage 灯影 Meaning Flicker of Light A second, Hokage Kokeshi by Shido Shouzan. Her beautiful elongated body, and the light wood with just a touch of rokuro lines give her such poise. The warm facial feautures are inviting, and soothing a quiet calm look and feel to this Kokeshi. Resemblance of Elegance.
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23Shido Shouzan (志形尚山) Yukiguni no Warabe - Child in snow country Shido Shouzan 6 Yukiguni no Warabe - Child in snow country. Museum Size 15.5 inches. Feautured in self published photo book by Shouzan.
24Shido Shouzan (志形尚山) Shido Shouzan Kitakaze North Wind Ready for the strong winds. Shido Shouzan executes a beautiful pair of Kokeshi protecting their heads, and necks from the wind with vibrant scarfs. One can imagine the fringes just flapping away as the wind passes through them.
25Shido Shouan (志形尚山) Kitaguni - Wintery Weather This, Shido Shouzan, Kokeshi set titled "Kitakaze" meaning "North Wind" appears to be a scaled down version of a larger set. I believe this set was part of the "Kokeshi Club" group & was distributed by the club. They often feautured well known artisans in their monthly Kokeshi distributions. It is 3 in tall.
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27Shido Shouzan (志形尚山) Shido Shouzan, this Kokeshi stands 10 7/8 inches tall. I felt it fitting to display her in a background of wind and snow, as she seemed ready for the winter in her autumn colored coat and beautiful scarf.
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29Shido Shouzan Vintage (志形尚山) Not in typically seen Shido Shouzan form, after researching I found the hanko to be a match to his earlier Kokeshi. This is a beautiful piece, the green color is quite different, the round top certainly draws the eyes to the beautiful neckline and gentle facial features that typically grace Shouzan Kokeshi.
30Shido Shouzan (志形尚山) Fuju no shojo - Winter Girl Shido Shouzan, Yukinko, Snow Country Kid. About 8in tall. The design is feautured in Shouzan's self published photo book.
31Shido Shouzan (志形尚山) Fuju no shojo - Winter Girl Shido Shouzan Kokeshi titled "Yamasato" meaning expression or inner dream it is 8in tall.
32Shido Shouzan (志形尚山) Yukinko These usually are seen in a set of 3 and are Yukinko snow children, keeping warm from the chill of the winter.
33Shido Shouzan (志形尚山) Waiting for Spring Having had too much winds and cold, these little ones await, warmly bundled, for the spring to bring the warmth of the sun.
34Shido Shouzan (志形尚山) 10 in Caligraphy Brush Kokeshi
35Shido Shouzan (志形尚山) Caligraphy Brushe Set
36Shido Shouzan (志形尚山) Caligraphy Bamboo Brush 34 cm