This doll was made by the renowned master Sekiguchi Sansaku (1925-2018) and her title is 雨 (Ame) which means Rain. Her body is decorated with red carved traditional Japanese umbrellas and gentle lines that represent rain.
Sekiguchi Sansaku (1925-2018) is perhaps the most renowned kokeshi master. He’s the only artisan who has ever been certified by the Japanese government as “master of creative kokeshi”. He has a museum in his birth city of Shibukawa in Gunma prefecture and it’s being managed and maintained by his sons Toshio, Toa and daughter Izumi who are all doll making artists in their own right. He has won the prestigious prime minister award three times for his beautiful and unique dolls.
In near-mint condition, comes with the original box and wooden sign.
Height: 35.5cm / 14 inches