Hina and Japanese Dolls

"Hina and Japanese Dolls"

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 14  February 5, 2019 (Tue) - March 17, 2019 (Sun)

  
Hina Dolls, Gekubi (ivory head) type, Edo period, ca. 1850 (Gift of Mrs. Mitani Tei)

It is custom in Japan to display ornamental Emperor and Empress dolls on March 3. This is done to pray for the health and happiness of girls. These “hina” dolls were very popular during the Edo period (1603-1868), with many exquisite examples produced during this time. The dolls are imbued with the Japanese aesthetic reverence for delicate, beautiful and adorable objects.

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