Posted by: softypapa | January 7, 2008

Old Japanese Toy Spinning Top – Solid Wood Painted Koma

Old Japanese Toy Spinning Top Solid Wood Painted Koma Japan Tokaido Softypapa

Old Japanese Toy Spinning Top Solid Wood Painted Koma Japan Tokaido Softypapa

Old Japanese Toy Spinning Top Solid Wood Painted Koma Japan Tokaido Softypapa

Old Japanese Toy Spinning Top Solid Wood Painted Koma Japan Tokaido Softypapa

Old Japanese Toy Spinning Top Solid Wood Painted Koma Japan Tokaido Softypapa 

Description

Old Japanese spinning top (koma).  When I showed a similar top to my Japanese father-in-law (mid 70s) his face lit up as he began telling me how as a boy he and his friends would play with various types of tops on the street in front of their home (rural farming community without much car traffic).  Tops such as this are “thrown” after a long string is wound around the body.

About the Listed Item

The old Japanese spinning top offered here is in good condition though the wooden body of the top is quite darkened from age with dents, scratches and wear from past use.  This special type of top is hollow and includes a slot in the side which we have been told may produce a sound when the top is spun.  Several older Japanese men have verified this information for us though we have not yet had a chance to see or hear the top in action and are not sure of how it is spun.  This top dates from the mid to late Japanese Showa period (1926-1989) and does not include a throwing string.

Size:
Height (including handle): 6.0 inches (15.5 centimeters)
Diameter: 2.5 inches (6.5 centimeters)
Weight: 3.4 ounces (98 grams)

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item code: R1S3-0003416
ship code: L1650

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