Imagine the over-crowded pantheon of gods, spirits and ghosts. To find room for more it needs the creativity of an artist and the eccentricity of a priest. Shimizu Kosho had both and created this unique figure which got the name – Shoten Warashi – “spirit who rocks the heavens”. – It is no surprise that Kosho got his inspiration from kindergarten children playing around with clay. They were Kosho’s source of inspiration. - Bronze figure with its original box (tomobako).
In 1975 Shimizu Kosho was chosen Abbot of Todai-ji Temple in Nara. He remained in this position for only a rather short time, resigning in 1981. For the remaining nearly twenty years of his life, Shimizu Kosho was dedicated to the life of an artist: He became a prolific and eccentric painter, calligrapher and figurative potter.
Shimizu Kosho (1911-1999)
Height 12.5 cm (5 in.)
Original box (tomobako)