In Japanese, "Hariko" means paper craft, and these Hariko "Hina" dolls are for the Japanese "Hinamatsuri" festival, which is to celebrate the health and development of young girls.
Included are girl and boy Hina dolls, seated on a red carpet.
length: 20.5 cm
Hand made in Japan.
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These dolls were common toys for children of aristocratic families as well as serving as katashiro, or emblems used in purification rituals. The hinamatsuri gradually became a time to give thanks for the health and development of young girls, thanks to the influence of a traditional form of doll play called hina-asobi.
Hinamatsuri, also called Doll's Day or Girls' Day, is a religious holiday in Japan, celebrated on 3 March of each year. Platforms covered with a red carpet–material are used to display a set of ornamental dolls representing the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians in traditional court dress of the Heian period.