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Red Cow / Akabeko

Red Cow / Akabeko

4.75" x 2" x 2.5"
Paper Maché & Paint
JAPAN

Akabeko is a traditional toy
from the Aizu region of Japan.
Made of papier-mâché
that is painted and lacquered.
When I was growing up
I had a mobile
with a little
Akabeko on it.
I never forgot him.
He is thought to ward off sickness.
Akabeko are made by fewer
than a dozen family-run workshops,
and the technique has been passed on
for generations.
It looks simple,
but the process of making one
takes about 10 days.
His head moves. I find it mesmerizing.