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Toys from the Edo Period (1603–1868)

"Toys from the Edo Period (1603–1868)"

Heiseikan Japanese Archaeology Gallery  September 22, 2021 (Wed) - March 21, 2022 (Mon)

  
Game Pieces (Men'uchi), Place of excavation unknown, Edo period, 17th–19th century

A wide variety of toys were made during the Edo period (1603–1868). Pieces for a game called men’uchi, in which players try to strike their opponents’ pieces with their own, are a prime example. Made of fired clay, these pieces can come in various shapes and designs; some are flat, round ones with stamped designs of Japanese lettering and family crests, while others are shaped like people and animals. Clay figurines, on the other hand, reflect beliefs and customs of the time associated with superstitions, seasonal festivals, and moral teachings.

Major Work(s) on Exhibit 3 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
Highlight Game Pieces ("Men'uchi") Place of excavation unknown Edo period, 17th–19th century J-25634
Highlight Molds for Game Pieces ("Men'uchi") Place of excavation unknown Edo period, 17th–19th century Gift of Mr. Goto Shuichi, J-25642
Highlight Clay Figurine Found in Ueno Park, Tokyo Edo period, 17th–19th century G-3745