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  • Place of origin:

    France (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1990 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lacquered hardwood

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Hal;ina Pasiesbska, France 1990. [90/447]

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Museum of Childhood, Moving Toys Gallery, case 2

Physical description

Large yo-yo of lacquered hard wood and varnished with white cord.

Place of Origin

France (manufactured)


1990 (manufactured)



Materials and Techniques

Lacquered hardwood


Circumference: 31 cm, Diameter: 10 cm

Object history note

Given by Halina Pasiesbska, France, 1990.

Historical context note

The yo-yo has been used as a toy, weapon and stress reliever. The toy yo-yo has been around for thousands years. Yo-yos were used a wepaons in the Philippines during the 1500s. Hunters would set in trees and attack animals using a rock on the end of a string. This weapon could be used over and over gain. The rock developed into a carved piece of wood and yo-yoing became the national pastime. In Europe in the 1700s, particularly in France and England, yo-yoing became popular among the aristocracy as a game, but also as a way of keeeping calm and relaxed.

Descriptive line

Yo-Yo of lacquered hardwood, made in France in 1990

Labels and date

Group of yo-yos, 1950-1990
The yo-yo is said to have originated in ancient China and is shown on Greek pots around 500 BC. In England from 1700-1800, it was also called a 'quiz' or 'bandalore'. []

Production Note

Reason For Production: Retail


Wood; String (fiber product)


Carving; Lacquering; Varnishing

Subjects depicted



Children & Childhood; Dolls & Toys

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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