Vintage Japanese Daruma Gambling Game by Tsuta Family (1944-)

Sale price$65.00

Dimensions: 6-0"h x 2-0-3/4"dia.

In Japan, Koma Asobi (top spinning) gets its name from the Buddhist Holy man, (Daruma) whose character decorates the container of this simple game, which has been enjoyed by children and adults. It is especially popular during the New Year holidays in Japan. A spinning top is a toy that can be spun on an axis, balancing on a point. As with this Daruma game, the top is a miniature figure of Daruma with a spinning top balanced on this head and has historically been used for gambling and prophecy. 

The body of the piece has a full representation of Daruma including the use of his characteristic meditative eyes and eyebrows, large nose, and expressive mouth/lips. On the top of the main Daruma figure are dice-shaped graphics to facilitate the same. A good luck graphic is seen on the front of the figure. Some role-playing gamers still use tops to augment dice in generating randomized results related to one's future; it is, in this case, referred to as a spinner. Japanese tops are considered some of the very best in the world. The piece is signed on the bottom, Tsuta, but we cannot translate the remaining portion of the signature, except because of the subject we think it is Mamoru, (1928-2009), the father of Fumio who is still producing. 

Condition: Excellent condition with minimal effects for use and aging. Retains original handprinted color and design with all associated parts intact. The top is well-balanced and spins perfectly. There are no missing elements, no scratches or imperfections related to daily use with all detailed elements intact.