Condition: Great

Vintage Kokeshi Doll Nodder | Five Ring Toss Game | RARE | 1950


This wonderful 1950s Kokeshi Toy is quite rare in that the post has a completely detailed Kokeshi nodder doll capping off the piece. The post is painted in Rokuru-moyo horizontal stripes, (red and green), and is mounted on a concentric circle base with painted rings all in the varying widths. There are five tossing rings in perfect condition and range in color from pink, green, red, yellow, and blue. Condition: standard, minimal wear for its age. The post is without cracks or breaks and only some minor wear on the entire piece. The five, (5), rings are in good condition, with only some minor edge dings on the entire piece. Dimensions: Overall height of the post, including the base and the finial, is 10-1/4” and the base is 4-0” in diameter.

Additional Information —

A deep-rooted cultural value for the Japanese is the concept of “wa”, which means, “group harmony”. The concept of “wa” places the common greater good at higher importance than the needs of an individual. This principle holds true throughout Japanese society, including schools, social groups, and even the workplace. Many Japanese toys and games, therefore, focus on group play and harmonious play, rather than toys and games that value the individual victory as is common in many Western toys and games

During this Golden Age, (Edo- 1613-1868), Japanese toy manufacturers focused on creating unique toys for both the domestic and international markets. Although modern toys are immensely popular in Japan, traditional toys still play a significant role in the lives of most Japanese children. Often these toys are folk toys that reflect the customs, history, and legends of Japan (or a particular region of Japan). Traditional toys are particularly popular among both children and adults during the holidays of the Japanese New Year. These toys reflect the spirit and history of Japan throughout the ages.

Images of common toys such as tamari balls, tops, kites, dolls, pull-toys, and miniature models of various real-life figures and objects illustrate the beautiful skill and artistry of Japanese toy-makers. Many toys can be traced to a religious or supernatural origin, reflecting the beliefs and stories associated with Buddhism and Shintoism.

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