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Hinamatsuri (doll festival) figures
  • Japan
  • Hinamatsuri (doll festival) figures, late 1900s
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • paper, printing, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 8.5 x 11.5 x 7 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 3 3/8 x 4 1/2 x 2 3/4 in
  • Gift of William A. Scott
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0166
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Description

Two miniature human figures, identified as the Emperor (with the baton) and the Empress (with the fan). They are situated on a stage-like platform, covered in red with a gold background. The male figure wears a kimono of blue, green, and purple, with orange and yellow underclothes. He has an elaborate hairstyle. The female figure wears a kimono of red, white, green, and gold. Her long hair is down, and she has a gold colored ornament on her head. The platform front is decorated in vertical stripes of black, white, red, pink, purple, green, dark blue, light blue, yellow, and orange with small diamond shapes.

The style of clothing is identified as from the Heian period when the doll festival, or Girl's Day, began.