Artist unknown (Japanese)
Hagoita paddle, mid to late 20th century
Relief composed of soft sculpture, fabrics, and mixed media on wood paddle with painted floral design to the verso
Hagoita are used during the Japanese New Year to play hanetsuki, a game similar to badminton without a net. In the Edo period, they were often decorated with dimensional depictions of kabuki actors like this item, and today they can feature anime characters and contemporary celebrities.
- minor tear in fabric, dust overall, handle has worn fabric overall; wooden corners of paddle chipped.