RARE Vintage Japanese Yajirou Wheeled Pull Toy ‘Tending Brother’ by Tsuta, Mamoru


Dimensions: 7-3/4”h x5-0”w x 6-0l

Offered is an unusual, old, and rare Kijigangu by the elder Brother within the Tsuta Family of toy makers. Mamoru’s father created the first Kokeshi toy of this type which was carried on throughout the family's making business. Japanese toy makers changed the stagnant fixed toy with their amazing interactive and mechanical toys representing three-dimensional images of all aspects of everyday life.

Seen is a pull toy that depicts an older boy pushing his younger crying brother in a cart. Lathe-turned wooden toys produced by the Tsuta family was inspired by Kokeshi craftsmen throughout Northern Japan. The most fascinating aspect is the head and face of the older boy with very expressive with wide, engaging eyes, funny eyelashes, large ears, a expressive smile, and red cheeks and mouth. The specific face type was a signature of Mamoru-san. Additionally, his arms move freely and are attached with dowels and the entire figure is attached to a wheel giving toy the ability to be freely pulled. His body is colorful utilizing red and deep blue horizontal strips to give it life. The second part of the toy is the wheeled cart in which his younger brother sits and uniquely the entire figure moves back and forth as the wheels turn. The boy has fixed arms partially covering his crying eyes. His face too is very expressive with the characteristic Mamoru face and details. The boys clothing is painted in green with a small checkered pattern. The round push car is also decorated with horizontal red, blue and yellow strips as well as the wheels of the push car. The piece was signed by the artist and was done so because these pieces were sold as a souvenirs to bring home to their children. During this time frame, craftsmen began to sign both Kokeshi dolls and Toys because many of them began to be exported. 

For further reading about Yajirou-key family go to: https://mingeiarts.com/collections/yajirou-kei-family and https://mingeiarts.com/collections/artisan-interactive-toymaker-tsuta-family-sakuzuo-mamoru-fumio-1892-1944

NOTE: The pigments used in this doll's creation are not colorfast, so colors may fade if brought into contact with water. The entire figure should be handled carefully at all times as it has been by the previous owner who treasured the works of the Tsuta family.

Condition: Pristine meaning that the piece retains its original craft/workmanship and functions as intended, showing a wonderful-developed patina and is void of damage, cracks, breakage, or repairs and meets all the standards of the collectible Vintage Traditional Yajirou Kokeshi Toys.