Japanese Betty Boop and Girl hagoita battledore

  • Japanese Betty Boop and Girl hagoita battledore

Handmade wooden reversible ‘hagoita’ (battledore) of hand painting in early Showa period of prewar time, 1930s, as a hidden “wabi” old Japanese folk toy existing today. One side for Betty Boop’s face and other side for skillful ‘Junichi Nakahara’ (1913-1983) – like westernized manga girl, as the both for the fashionable and open-minded icons for the Japanese children of those days. (Then, after starting WWII, those western or westernized icons and such ideology were strongly pressured to be prohibited by the Japanese military force, just like “loyalty test” (‘fumi-e’) for Hidden-Christian (‘Kakure Kirishitan’) in Edo period, as a matter of fact.) approx. L 39.5 cm (15.55in)

 

 

 

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