Dolls for the Girls' Festival in Japan

"Dolls for the Girls' Festival in Japan"

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 14  February 18, 2014 (Tue) - March 23, 2014 (Sun)

  
Standing Hina Dolls, Jirozaemon-type heads, Edo period, 18th century

According to the old lunar calendar, the third day of the third month is the date of the peach blossom festival, or the girls' festival. Families traditionally celebrate this occasion by displaying hina dolls, which symbolize their prayers for the health and fortune of their daughters.
Current exhibit includes:
Hina Accessories: Tiered Cabinet, Rosewood, ivory and maki-e lacquer, Edo period, 19th century (Gift of Mrs. Mitani Tei)
Hina Dolls, Kokin-bina type, Edo period, 19th century
Standing Hina Dolls, Jirozaemon-type heads, Edo period, 18th century
Accessories for Hina Doll: Female Courtier, Edo period - Meiji era, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Matsudaira Josho)