Antique Spinning Tops

Japanese Contemporary Koma | Wooden Spinning Tops

$75.00

Age:1998

Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 1.5-2.5” dia

Set of Eleven (11) handmade Japanese Koma — traditional Japanese spinning tops, and one of each type made by this carver, is a very popular form of entertainment for children, design lovers, and those who appreciate all things Japanese. These different colors and wood grains are made from local species of trees and designed to give each a unique spinning movement depending on each top's design. They are universally mesmerizing and known as a “stress-busting toy”. One even has a floating ring carved into one piece of wood that floats as its spin and they make the most amazing sound. When held in the hand the curvatures are wonderful to the touch. Comes in its own hand fabricated Barusa-zai, (Balsa wood) box.

Condition: Excellent and as made.

NOTE: The maker, Sasahara Mokukoubou was founded in 1970 in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, a region largely known for its pottery and handmade wooden toys. The origin of Asahikawa's woodworking heritage can be found in its deep rich forests.