Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Japanese Doll Head Hina Matsuri Girl (B)


I was very lucky to find a set of vintage but brand new (never used) doll heads. These were meant to be used to make dolls for Hina Matsuri or doll's festival but I was told that instead they were put away (maybe the doll maker retired but I'm not 100% sure about that) and therefore are in pristine condition.

This one measures about 9cm long including the stick. The details are really amazing! The head is made from porcelain. Her hair is slightly messy due to being in storage.

About Hina Matsuri
Platforms with a red hi-mōsen are used to display a set of ornamental dolls (雛人形, hina-ningyō?) representing the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians in traditional court dress of the Heian period. The custom of displaying dolls began during the Heian period. Formerly, people believed the dolls possessed the power to contain bad spirits.


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