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 1950s

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Dimensions: 4-0”h x 2-1/2”dia 

There are many kinds of tops in Japan and this one gets its name from the Buddhist Holy man whose character decorates the 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 top has Daruma’s face in black with yellow eyes with a body painted in red, as Daruma was always show wearing a red hooded robe. They vary in color, shape, and size, depending on the region they come from, and called a Zuguri Spinning Top and specifically made for use in the “snow” for which all have unique characteristics. This motion is produced by holding the axis firmly while pulling a string. An internal weight 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.