Vintage Japanese Miniature Traditional Kokeshi Sakunami Family Spinning Top (Koma) by Hiraga Kenichi


Dimensions: 1-3/4” h x 1-1/2” dia.

There are many kinds of tops in Japan. Tops popular in the Edo period Sakunami creations traditionally had five colors either individual or all together into one beautifully crafted piece. This particular top is in red and represents health with black detailing. The piece is lathe-turned and made from one piece of plum wood with Rokoru Moyo (horizontal red line work) on the upper portion of the shoulders, which continues up the neck. The top has a traditionally over-sized head with a stylized chrysanthemum, (kiku) on the top with black bangs and hair fringes, tear drop nose and what is referred to as double lid, (Futae-Mabuta) eyes. The piece is signed on the bottom by Hiraga Kenichi and a very rare Koma for he did few in his lifetime.

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Condition: Excellent and original condition retaining their original craft/workmanship showing and is commensurate with age. The piece meets all the standards of Traditional Sakunami-Kei Kokeshi styling.