Thursday, March 15, 2007

The Emperor's Court

Here is another Hina-Matsuri display, dating probably from the 1970s or 1980s. It utilises figures made from porcelain. The original traditional Hina-Matsuri displays often were created over time, like Western 'Nativity sets' and the figures would be real dolls, elaborately dressed in silks. Perhaps a family would acquire a new doll or accessory each year, and these would be passed from mother to daughter. This particular set was not an expensive one, but it is interesting to compare it to the paper 'pop-up card'. As populations expand, many people have no space for large seasonal displays. People move more frequently as well, and it is difficult to drag objects like dolls from city to city or even continent to continent.

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