Vintage Japanese Yajirou Ejiko Container with Miniature Spinning Tops (Koma) by Ooizumi, Kiyomi (1936-)

Sale price$95.00

Dimensions: 3-1/2”h x 3-0”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 four miniature spinning top inside. Out of the earlier prototypes arose the Ejiko doll, which has its beginnings in the 1920s.

The head and shoulders of the doll act as the top to the container and shows only the shoulders and head of a Yajirou-Kei styling. Firstly, the head is painted with beret-like feature or a bun on their heads, painted with a red center spot in the center and hair on the sides of its skull. It has side hair fringes with double eyelids and a cat shaped nose. The body of the container has Rokoru moyo horizontal strips in red, purple and green with the standard chrysanthemum flower and petals running around 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, 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.