Hinamatsuri dolls 雛祭人形 - Girl's day (March 3) (9) - Papier-mache, Silk - Japan - 1920-30s
Nine Hinamatsuri dolls, used on Girl's day, March 3.
The Japanese Doll Festival (雛 祭 り), Hinamatsuri or Girl's Day, also called peach blossom festival, is celebrated on March 3. A multi-storey arrangement with a red cloth over it (緋 毛氈, hi-mōsen) is used to display a collection of ornamental dolls (雛 人形, hina-ningyō). These dolls represent the emperor, empress, ladies-in-waiting and musicians in the traditional court dress of the Heian period (794 to 1185).
The custom of displaying dolls started during the Heian period. Before that, it was believed that dolls could contain and hold evil spirits in order to protect the owner.
Hinamatsuri goes back to the old Japanese custom of the 'floating dolls' (雛 流 し, Hina-nagashi) in which paper dolls are put in a boat on a river to take the evil spirits to sea.
Sweet, non-alcoholic sake amazake is the common drink on hinamatsuri, and includes arare, one-bite crackers with soy sauce.
A superstition regarding hinamatsuri is that if a family forgets to put the dolls away before March 4th, the girl will not get married for the next year.
The largest doll is 18 x 12 x 7 cm.
Weight: 63 grams.
Total weight of nine dolls: 388 grams.
The colors of the cloths are faded, some dolls have damages to the papier mache, instruments are missing, one is missing his hat. See photos.
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- Poupées Hinamatsuri 雛 祭 人形 - Fête des filles (3 mars)
- Papier mâché, Soie
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- 18×12×7 cm