A carnivalesque version of an anthropomorphised sun in a European folk-art style, this swing toy also has a special feature of the sun's eyes moving side-to-side as the pendulum swings.
Popular in the 19th Century, balancing toys find their origins back to old China and India where they were carved out of wood, before becoming modernised in the West and finding form in metal, in particular, tin.
Considered an educational toy from as early as the 18th century, pendulum toys showcased a light swinging movement that is both soothing yet invoking of curiosity.
This series of toys was acquired from a toy-collecting Professor in Java, and come with a 'skyhook' style pendulum on a pedestal base.
In very good condition. Two available in stock. A rare #journeyeastvintage find.
Approximate dimensions: 28cm x 12cm x 58cm (LxWxH)
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