Dog and Sea Bream Folk Toy

Object ID: 1983.002.074
Object: Toy, colors on papier-mache
Place of Origin: Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture, Japan
Artist: Miyauchi Fusa (1883-1986)
Signature: Miyauchi Fusa
Date: Shōwa Period, 1970s
Size: 3.5×4.5×2.5
Credit: museum purchase

The Takamatsu papier-mâché toy-making tradition is said to date from the middle of 17th century. Young brides of the area once distributed such toys as favor to neighborhood children when taking up residence in their husband’s homes. Fusa Miyauchi, the maker of this toy, is responsible for bringing her own charming and whimsical style to this tradition.