Hakata ningyo, unglazed Japanese ceramic doll, signed by the well known Hakata ningyo artist, Genzo Soda. The words "early spring" is written next to the artist's signature. This could be the name of the doll or the time of the year that this doll was made.
Mr. Genzo Soda is designated as an intangible cultural property holder of Fukuoka prefecture and is the recipient of numerous awards such as the Japanese Prime Minister's award, International Trade and Industry Secretary’s award, Fukuoka Governer's Award, and Fukuoka Mayor’s Award, etc. His doll, “Kakitsubata”, appears on a postal stamp. 18" (46cm) x 8.5" (21.5cm) across