176. Two Japanese Hinamatsuri-festival dolls

Two Japanese Hinamatsuri-festival dolls
Late Edo period (1603-1868) – Meiji period (1868-1912)
Modelled as the emperor (O-Dairi-sama) and empress (O-Hina-sama), wearing red silk and brocade dress, with white lacquered wood faces and hands. In two wooden boxes (not illustrated).
H. 38 cm
These types of doll were used for Hinamatsuri, which translates as ‘Girls Day’ or ‘Doll’s Day’ and is celebrated on the third of March. A tiered platform, covered by a red cloth, is used to display an arrangement of ornamental dolls called hina-ningyō. The custom of displaying these dolls began during the Heian period when it was believed the dolls could retain evil spirits and therefore provided protection to the owner. A superstition related to Hinamatsuri says that a family that forgets to put the dolls away by the fourth of March will forsake the chance of a marriage for their daughter, the owner of the dolls.

€ 700 - 900