Vintage Japanese Yajirou Ejiko Baby | Simulated Wood Basket | Niiyama, Fukuo (1922-1987)

Sale price$65.00

Dimensions: 4-1/2”h x 4-0”dia.

The Ejiko’s origin is derived from a folk toy that is called an Izume.ko Doll, (Izume.Ko means “Isume baby”) 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 had its beginnings in the 1920s. NIIYAMA, Fukuo(1922-1987) in Miyagi prefecture of Tohoku, Japan. He was born as the first son of Niiyama, Fukutaro (1897-1965), who was a kokeshi craftsman in Yajiro of Miyagi prefecture. He started learning woodwork in 1935 and started making kokeshi dolls in 1938.

The doll is not removable but the head and shoulders move freely within this Ejiko showing only the upper body of the body with circular designs in multiple colors on its body and head with Yajirou-Kei styling. Firstly, the head is painted with a beret-like feature or a bun on their heads, painted with multiple colors and sizes of circles in the center and hair on the sides of its skull. It has side hair fringes with double eyelids and a pick-shaped nose. The body of the container has Rokoru moyo horizontal strips in red and purple encircling the lower portion of the body. The piece is signed and titled by the artist on the bottom of the container. 

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