Vintage Japanese Tougatta Ejiko Baby Spinning Top | Simulated Wood Basket | Sato, Fumio (1923-)

Sale price$85.00

Dimensions: 3-0”h x 4-1/2”dia.

The Ejiko’s origin is derived from a folk toy that is called an Izume.ko Doll, (Izume.Ko means “Isume baby”) that dates from the early 1910s and which comes from Tsuruoka, of the Yamagata prefecture.  The toy is based on an Isume, a woven basket but in this case it is simulated in wood with the baby, which is a spinning top sitting inside. Out of the earlier prototypes arose the Ejiko doll, which has its beginnings in the 1920s.

This toy follows the basic Ejiko design which is short and round in form and hollowed out to make space for the child to sit comfortably and easing the mother’s mind throughout the day. One only sees the upper part of the child’s body (neck and head). The facial features are the same as the regular-shaped dolls in the Tougatta family of dolls having a whips of hair falling down over its forehead and side hair fringes. The shoulders of the bay only indicates the top of its clothing striped in red and topped in a purple color. The child can be removed to show that it is a spinning top and made to spin and turn while in the container as if playing. The exterior of the simulated basket utilizing the Rokoru moyo horizontal strips in red running around the body of the wood container. 

You can read more about Ejiko Kokeshi Toys in our BLOG by going to: https://mingeiarts.com/collections/ejiko-izume-ko-nemariko

Condition: Excellent meaning the piece is perfect, totally original, and complete and functions as intended. No cracks, no breaks, no missing pieces, and retains its wonderful presence and is previously protected and treasured by the previous owner. This Ejiko toy meets all the standards of the collectible Vintage Kokeshi toys and tops and without question a unique treasure for the Japanese collector.