Pair of Japanese Hina Matsuri Festival Dolls from mid 19th century. Modelled as Emperor and Empress with carved and painted gofun heads, and original costumes. Both dolls are clothed in fine brocade silk costumes and seated on matching silk and mat covered bases. The Emperor carries a sword and the Empress wears an elaborate headdress. Traditionally made for display on Girl's Day which takes place on March 3 in Japan. Girl's Day is a celebration for the well being of every girl in the family. Emperor measures 14" long by 13" high. Empress measures 15" long "by 11" high without headdress. The bases measure 14.5" long by 10" deep. The Emperor is in good antique condition with some discoloration to his face. The Empress does have damage to the sides of her face (see photos which are magnified with closeup lens). This is not distracting when she is displayed and has the headdress on, but I must mention that it is there and noticeable when you look closely. This is reflected in the price of the pair. They are a very handsome pair which display nicely and add a sophisticated Oriental flair to the decor.
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Item ID: 25477
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