Vintage Japanese Izume.ko with Toys | 1960s Vintage Japanese Izume.ko with Toys | 1960s

Japanese Toy

Vintage Japanese Izume.ko with Toys | 1960s


Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 4-0”dia x 4-0”h

This folk toy that is called an Izume.ko Doll, (Izume.Ko means “Isume baby” in the Yamagata dialect) that dates from the early 1910s and comes from Tsuruoka, of the Yamagata prefecture. 

The toy is based on an Isume, a woven basket container that was traditionally used to keep the rice warm, but in the Tsuruoka area, farmers would keep their babies in the baskets during the busy season. This basket allowed the parents or Oshin, (babysitter), to watch the little ones while they worked the fields. As show in this piece, small toys would be placed in the basket along with the baby, comforting the baby and easing mother’s mind throughout the day. 

Vintage Condition: Excellent sense of proportion, “as is” original craft/workmanship. Any discoloration, chipping/cracking, surface wear or structural damage noted. 

NOTE: The earliest versions of the Izume.ko doll were either an acorn shell, which was stuffed with a tiny doll, or a small version of the woven basket that contained a baby covered in a small piece of cotton. Tiny toys were then tied to the edge of the basket.