Vintage Japanese Zuguri Spinning Koma | Daruma Sakadachi Top by Katakura Family Vintage Japanese Zuguri Spinning Koma | Daruma Sakadachi Top by Katakura Family

Antique Spinning Tops

Vintage Japanese Zuguri Spinning Koma | Daruma Sakadachi Top by Katakura Family

$40.00

Age:Early 1960s

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Dimensions: 3-1/4”h x 2-1/4”dia 

There are many kinds of tops in Japan and this one gets its name from the Buddhist Holy man whose character in a more modern graphic decorates this Koma. As a kind of quip, the elegant spinning motion of the toy symbolizes “circulation of money” ”smooth work”, and “being quick-witted”. This Koma called a Zuguri Spinning Top was specifically made for use in the “snow” and  popular in the Edo period traditionally had multiple colors as with this piece that has blue yellow and red stripes. They vary in color, shape, and size, depending on the region they come from, and all have unique characteristics. This motion is produced by holding the axis firmly while pulling a string. This motion is produced by holding the axis firmly while pulling a string. An internal weight rotates, producing an overall circular motion. An internal weight then rotates, producing an overall circular motion. The top is one of the oldest recognizable toys found on archaeological sites.

Katakura-san is a traditional Narugo toy maker who focused on spinning tops, (Koma), and who studied under master Onuma, Chikara. This piece originally came from Narugo Onsen in Miyagi Prefecture.

Condition: The condition of this piece is in excellent condition.