Kiyoshi Saito: Awaji Puppet Doll (Sold)

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Artist: Kiyoshi Saito (1907-1997)
Title: Awaji Puppetry Doll

Profile portrait of a traditional puppet doll from Awaji Island. Awaji has its own puppetry tradition, known as Awaji Ningyo Joruri, which was designated an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property  in 1976.  The dolls are about half the size of a person. Saito’s unique use of the woodgrain and mastery of graphic impact is on evident display here. The expertise of the puppeteers and the puppet-makers create performances that are surprisingly moving and emotional. 

Date: Ca. 1960s

Dimensions: 42 x 28.7 cm
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition. Nice and clean. Minor hinging remnants verso. With pencil notation at bottom reading 36/100, but doubtful this is by the artist.
Seal: Kiyoshi (verso)
Signature: Kiyoshi Saito (in black ink)