Gate Pine Girls (special pair)
Another traditional Japanese new year decoration is the kadomatsu (門松 "gate pine"), most often seen in pairs at gates and in doorways to welcome ancestral spirits or Kami of the harvest. They stay up until January 7th.
They come in natural form or in plastic, and usually comprise of three large green bamboo staves set at different heights representing heaven, humanity, and earth with heaven being the highest and earth being the lowest. The other elements vary but pine branches are always present. When straw matting is used to enclose the bottom of each arrangement, it is often fanned out, as with these two girls. This pair of girls have pine sprigs for their hair, and little straw bows. One is a little bit grumpy, and one is not. A pair of extra special decorations that can be looked forward to when welcoming each new year.
My pieces are painted in a naïve and simple style, with visible brush strokes and differing paint consistencies. It is important to note that these dolls are made from real wood which will have naturally occurring markings and grain, and sometimes there will be small amount of bleeding along the grain, which is to be expected when using untreated wood - please make sure you consult the pictures carefully before purchasing. These girls have been finished in a top coat of matt acrylic.
A note about 'Wood Girls'
My wooden girls are made from lime or linden wood and hand painted in the U.K. by me, a British artist, exploring patterns and scenes encountered by me on my travels and in daily life. They were inspired by the kokeshi dolls made in Japan, and with every purchase I include a leaflet explaining a little about the history of kokeshi in Japan and how they are made. I prefer to call mine 'wood girls' to distinguish them from the traditional folk craft of Japan.
Stamped underneath with ‘nakamura’ characters [中村] in red ink, and also signed and dated in black ink.
Approximately 22cm high.
Please note: THIS IS NOT A TOY and should be kept out of the reach of children.