Hina and Japanese Dolls

"Hina and Japanese Dolls"

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 14  February 27, 2018 (Tue) - March 18, 2018 (Sun)

  
Hina DollsKokin type (detail), By Sueyoshi Sekishu, Edo period, dated 1827 (Gift of Mrs. Yamamoto Yoneko)

There is a custom in Japan of displaying dolls portraying a married couple in noble attire on the third day of the third month. These dolls, called hina, represent parents’ wishes for their daughters to grow up into happy and healthy adults, and were loved by all classes of people throughout the Edo period (1603–1868). A number of these hina dolls show remarkable artistry and reflect a long-established preference in Japan for objects that are delicately crafted and adorable to behold.

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