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AB 81-93 a

Hinamatsuri

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  • AB 1055 y Hinamatsuri Guard Doll (front)
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  • AB 1055 f Hinaningyo Empress Doll (front)
  • AB 1055 dd Hinaningyo Court Servant (front)
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What is it?
Warabe-ningyo
What is it made of?
Paper
Where is it from?
Kyoto, Japan
When was it made?
1980
Object ID
AB 81-93 a
Description

This picture or wall hanging is a Hinamatsuri, Girls' Day or the Doll Festival, decoration. The wall hanging features a "Warabe-ningyo" ("young girl doll"), a type of kami-ningyo, or paper doll. The paper doll is three-dimensional and origami-folded; she consists of a red kimono with a multi-colored floral print, a yellow obi (sash), and black hair. The doll is positioned off-center against a gold background on a cardboard backing that is edged in gold. The backing is off-white in between the edges and the center gold paper, and features the words "Kyo Warabe" ("Kyoto Warabe") in black on the upper righthand corner.

Hinamatsuri, the Doll Festival or Girls' Day, is held annually on March 3 to celebrate the happiness and health of young girls. The holiday originated during the Edo period (1600-1868) to ward off evil spirits, and at some Hinamasturi festivals today, people release paper dolls into the rivers to carry away sickness and bad fortune. Setting up a display of special festival dolls in the house is fundamental to the festival, and the display is usually put up in mid-February but put away as soon as the festival ends because of old superstitions. Hinamatsuri dolls wear Heian period (794-1192) clothing, and are placed in specific locations on a one-,  five-, or seven-tiered platform covered with red felt (depending on the number of dolls owned). On the top tier, the emperor and empress dolls are placed in front of a miniature gold folding screen. The second tier holds the sannin kanjo, three ladies-in-waiting dolls, with takatsuki (round tables) holding sweets in between them. The gonin bayashi (five musicians) stand and sit on the third tier, playing a small taiko drum, a large otsuzumi drum, a kotsuzumi hand drum, or a yokobue (flute); the fifth musician is an utaika (singer). On the fourth tier are the daijin (court ministers): a young Minister of the Right and the older Minister of the Left, with a hishidai diamond-shaped table and a kakebanzen (covered-bowl table). The fifth tier features guards and/or servants amid a sakura (cherry) tree and an orange tree. The final two tiers hold an array of items, including: clothing chests (nagamochi and tansu), braziers, tea ceremony utensils, and carriages/palanquins, among others.

Credit
Purchased by Museum Staff, 1980.
AB 81-93 a Warabe-ningyo