Shogo Okamoto

Burnished Frog in Love

I make frogs with the pattern of a carp.
If the red spot is in the shape of a heart, the frog is in love.
Throughout its history, Japanese culture has personified things that cannot be seen.
Examples include ghosts and Kappa (water spirits) in stories, and these seem to have lead to modern Anime.
If the goal was just to create a simple form, it would be faster to create a mold and make a plaster or ceramic doll.
I use methods that require a lot of time and care because I want the work to look like it’s actually alive, to make unusual creatures that look like they are about to leap at any time.

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Materials
paulownia, Gofun, pigments, cinnabar, and sumi ink
Details
W 6.9 × D 6.1 × H 5.2 cm
weight: 0.055kg

W 2.72 × D 2.40 × H 2.05 in
weight: 0.12 lbs
Note
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Shogo Okamoto

Shogo Okamoto

Shogo Okamoto was born as the eldest son of Shoho Menya, the 14th Mensho Kyoto doll artist in a lineage of doll artists that has continued since the Hoei Era (1704 to 1710) of the Edo Period. Traditionally, dolls are alternate forms of sacred existences. They purify the space in which they are displayed and are made with medicinal herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine so that they can be cherished more dearly.