Thursday, February 26, 2009


This is Kasuga, my wonderful new/old Hakata Doll. She's an antique ceramic that weighs alittle over 5 pounds. Her unusual hair color and intricately designed kimono are breath-taking.

She drinks tea in the elegant ceremonial fashion. It is a happy day for her. See, how gracefully, Kasuga poses her hands...Beautiful !!!.

The process of creating Hakata Dolls varies amongst masters and families, who are recipients of the art technique traditions, that span many centuries.

Hakata doll makers procure their own clay ( tsuchi) locally. The dolls are named, after the area inwhich the clay has been found. In this case Hakata-ku, Fukuoka prefecture.

The pre-owner cared meticulously for this Hakata Doll. I was fortunate enough to receive the artists' signed signature plaque, plus a wonderful, old, rusty carrying case, inlaid with silk padding. Thank You !!!

I am not sure of the exact date of this doll, nor the artists' name, although it seems to say, Tatumi/Tatsumi. Japanese is a symbolic language, often it seems, that the written name or story is interpretive or not exactly understood.

No matter ... for in true fashion, Kasuga, is ZaaArt of a Master Hakata Artisan...whoever he may be.


Pattie said...

Beautiful lovely doll! thankyou for sharing,you know my passion for the Orient lol xx

Zaa said...

Thank you Pattie .. I appreciate your visits.

Polly said...

This is a stunning doll. I love her pose, half leaning forward, it's very dynamic. I'm currently reading Snow Spring by Mishima which is wonderfully visual and this doll could be one of the characters... Thanks! Polly

Zaa said...

Thanks for the visit Polly ... and the name of the book ..Please come again.

Paulette said...

Hi Zaa,
Thank you for visiting my blog. I have very much enjoyed yours too. I have a cousin who also makes crane mobiles. They are a very popular item in some art galleries. She combines hers with drift wood and beads.

Orinda said...

Hi Zaa, She is such a lovely lady doll. She will bring much wonder into your life. Orinda

Zaa said...

Thanks Paulette... My mobile isn't finished yet, but your cousins idea would be interesting to try..

Zaa said...

SO nice to hear from you Orinda.. Thank You for the visit