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Hina Dolls


Item code : DUf245

Artist Chikanobu Yoshu
Subject Beauty & Female
Series High-ranking Ladies of the Tokugawa Era
Publisher Hasegawa Tsunejiro
Format Triptych
Size R 24 x 35.2 C 24.5 x 35.3 L 24 x 35.2 cm
Date 1895


3rd of March is Hina Matsuri (Girls’ Festival) in Japan, when people pray for the happiness and healthy growth of girls. The families with young daughters set up a display of dolls in the house and offer rice crackers and other food to the dolls.

The dolls are usually arranged on a five or seven-tiered stand covered with a red carpet. At the top are the Emperor and Empress during the Heian period (794-1192). The next step contains three court ladies (sannin-kanjo), followed by five musicians (gonin-bayashi), two ministers (udaijin and sadaijin), and three servants ending the bottom row in a five-tiered display. There are also small pieces of furniture, small meal dishes, and other things. 

The practice of displaying these dolls on the third day of the third month on the traditional Japanese calendar began during the Edo period (1602-1868). It started as a way of warding off evil spirits, with the dolls acting as a charm. Even today, people in some parts of the country release paper dolls into rivers after the festival, praying that the dolls take people's place in carrying away sickness and bad fortune. 


Good colour impression,