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miniature chest of drawers for Hinamatsuri
  • Japan
  • miniature chest of drawers for Hinamatsuri, late 1900s
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • wood, paint, metal, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: a) 15 x 12 x 5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: a) 5 7/8 x 4 3/4 x 1 15/16 in
  • Gift of William A. Scott
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0140.a-d

A miniature chest of drawers that has two small drawers, one cabinet door, and one larger drawer. It is black with a scene painted over the drawer/cabinet faces depicting a red tree trunk with gold spots, gold branches, and a gold bird in flight. Mountains are shown in the distance. Gold flowers with leaves are repeated twice on each side. The metal hardware was probably originally a gold color. There are corner bands above and below each drawer, and two hinges on the door. There are small silver colored knobs and escutcheons on the door and two small drawers. The larger drawer has two escutcheons but the hinged handle is missing. There is also a scrolled bottom edge and feet.
2007.0140.a is the chest.
2007.0140.b is the top drawer.
2007.0140.c is the middle drawer.
2007.0140.d is the larger bottom drawer.

This object is identified as an item that would be displayed with dolls for Hinamatsuri (Doll Festival), also known as Girl's Day.