Vintage Japanese Spinning Daruma Koma | Kijigangu by Tsuda, Mamoru (1928-2009)


Dimensions: 7-0”h x 3-1/8”dia.

The Tsuda family were Yajairo Kokeshi craftsmen. Talk about a wonderful and engaging toy that functions like a “merry-go-round”. Spin the top on the head turns the Daruma hanging on a cord flying around in space. The face of each Daruma are characteristic of this religious figure seen in many lathe-turned forms. The main figure of this toy is tall and narrow with a traditional Yajairo Kokeshi face. The top has circular rings as well as the base in red and yellow. The piece was made for Japanese tourists as a souvenir and meant to be kept by family and children, and was not signed.

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Condition: Excellent meaning the piece is perfect, totally original, and complete and functions as intended. No cracks, no breaks, no missing pieces, and it retains its wonderful presence which suggests a degree of color variation that corresponds to its vintage. The artifact meets all the standards of the collectible Vintage Kokeshi toys and without question a unique treasure for both the Daruma and Koma collector.