Vintage Japanese Hisamine Uzura Guruma

“Quail Push Toy on Wheels”


Descriptive qualities& condition:

3-1/2”l  x 4/-3/4”d x 4-14” h
2-0” w x 2-1/2”d x 2-1/8”h” h

Sold as a pair

These “Uzura-Guruma” are children’s toys and a charm that was once sold at the gates at the temples of Hisamine and Hokke-dake in Kyushu, at the southern tip of Japan. The “Uzura-Guruma” is a piece of crudely shaped wood with operable wheels. It has a pattern on its body, speckled in red and black colors. In spite of its rough appearance, it is nicely decorated to resemble the bird, (Quail), from which it was inspired. ‘Quail toy cars’, as they are referred to, actually happen to be purely toy cars, however, they come in varying sizes and styles. These wooden birds have a small head, a short tail, and around the body.

Vintage Condition: “as is” with some scattered light wear or stain that does not affect the design, and retains the original craft/workmanship. Any discoloration, chipping/cracking, surface wear, or structural damage noted.