Vintage Japanese Wooden Yajirou Kokeshi Double Acrobats | Tsuta Family Articulated Kijigangu by Tsuta, Sakuzuo (1892-1957)

Sale price$125.00

Dimensions: 6-0”h x 7-0”w x 1-5/8”d

Offered is an unusual, old, and rare Kijigangu by the elder Brother within the Tsuta Family of toy makers depicting two Acrobats. Mamoru’s father created the first Kokeshi toy of this type which was carried on throughout the family's making business and re-introduced later in the family career by Fumio, the son of Mamoru. Japanese toy makers because of interest to expand their market, changed the stagnant fixed toy with amazing interactive and mechanical toys representing three-dimensional images of all aspects of everyday featival life. This form of entertainment came to Japan from China in the seventh century; later, a type of acrobatics called “spider dancing” was sponsored by aristocrats and the shogunate. With growing urbanization in the Edo period, acrobats began to perform in cities and towns for the enjoyment of all classes of society.

This toy mechanical toy is made from recycled wood and painted in a veritable rainbow of Rokoru mono style vertical stripes, made famous by the Yajirou craftsmen, in colors ranging from red, green, and blue pigment, and all made to attract younger children in the 1950s. The figures are also detailed in the Yajirou style faces, both swinging from the cross-bar and are exceptionally expressive like all the Yajirou Kokeshi. Both have wide opened eyes, expressive eyebrows and colorful circular rings on the top of each head. When the knob on the side is turned the acrobat flips up and around the bar, just like a gymnasts with fully moveable arms and legs. This toy possesses the warm-heartedness of being a true treasure of a particular time in history. The toy was made for Japanese tourists as a souvenir in a very old style and motif, and not meant to be exported, thus it was not signed.

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Condition: Excellent 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 Kokeshi Toys.