Tsukimi Girl IV
My favourite full moon to view each year is the autumn harvest moon, the full moon that falls closest to the autumn equinox. All over East Asia there are mid-autumn festivals and observances during this time, and moon viewing parties were enjoyed in Japan from the Heian period (794 - 1185), where special viewing platforms were set up to admire the moon's beauty and to compose and recite poetry.
Offerings are normally made of 12 or 15 tsukimi dango (balls of white mochi), set out on a sanpo (a small wooden stand used to make offerings in the Shinto religion), on a piece of white paper. Japanese pampas grass is used for decoration, and the motif of moon, dango and grass is commonly found on everything from packaging to clothing. Other seasonal foods are often served at gatherings, and rabbit motifs are also common, as in Japan and other countries it is believed that a rabbit can be seen in the moon markings.
I have wanted to make a small set of girls for this special event for a while now, and am pleased to have finally realised them. All feature a dusted golden moon and small golden grass detailing on an indigo background, as well as a rabbit (or two) and have a stand of tsukimi dango (moon viewing rice dumplings) nestled in a little white felt square atop their heads.
My pieces are made and 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, or knots, which is to be expected when using untreated wood - please make sure you consult the pictures carefully before purchasing. Wood girls are 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 new 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.
Approximately 20cm high.
Please note: THIS IS NOT A TOY and should be kept out of the reach of children.