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Komao Hayashi, from The Ateliers of Wonders series

The photograph depicts the Japanese National Living Treasure Komao Hayashi working at his atelier. Hayashi is a master maker of tōso dolls, which originated in the 17th century. The main material, tōso, is a mixture of wood flour and glue, which is highly elastic, adhesive and mouldable. Once dry, the tōso hardens and can be carved, making the material ideal for achieving intricate artistic expressions.

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Type: Chromogenic print
Dimensions: 101.6 H x 101.6 W cm
Date: 2020

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