Old Japan Girls Day Maki-e Trunk - Hina Matsuri Dougu





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Published on Jul 22, 2008


Antique Japanese Girl's Day doll set display accessory. Traditional Girl's Day displays will typically include various accessories along with the usual complement of dolls. These accessories are called dougu in Japanese and include ceremonial items such as trays and offering stands as well as practical items such as furniture and tableware. The accessories, like the dolls, are arranged in a specified order on various display tiers. High quality dougu are often very well made with fine craftsmanship and wood joinery and expert lacquerwork possibly decorated with detailed maki-e finish. Please click here to see more Girl's Day doll set accessories and please read below to learn more about Girl's Day.

About the Listed Item

This antique Girl's Day accessory is made of wood and finished with black lacquer accented with hand-painted gold and red maki-e designs. This small lidded trunk is in poor to fair condition with chips, marks and scratches from handling and a darkened patina of age and dates from the mid Japanese Showa period (1926-1989) or before. The trunk body and lid are finished with black lacquer and detailed maki-e gold lacquer designs of a pine tree and flying crane bird. Pines and cranes are auspicious symbols in Japanese culture. This item was originally part of a larger doll set. Please click here to see a complete list of available new and vintage Girl's Day dolls and accessories!

Height (including lid): 2.3 inches (6.0 centimeters)
Width (across top): 4.7 inches (12.0 centimeters)
Depth (across top): 2.0 inches (5.0 centimeters)
Weight: 1.7 ounces (49 grams)

More about Girl's Day

Sometime during the long Japanese Edo period (1600-1868) households with young girls began to set out attractive displays of dolls around the middle of February. The dolls were usually kept on display until March 3rd which eventually came to be known as 'Girls Day' or hina matsuri as it is called in Japanese. This special day is also sometimes referred to as momo no sekku which means 'Festival of the Peach' due to the fact that beautiful pink peach blossoms are often placed among the dolls on display. Girl's Day dolls are nearly always seen wearing the courtly robes of Heian period (794-1185) nobility. And the dolls are frequently arranged on platforms consisting of between 5 and 7 tiers covered with red felt. Though single-tier displays consisting of one male and one female doll are also quite common (especially in cramped modern apartments). Young Japanese girls (such as our little Emily) often enjoy spending hours assembling and arranging their dolls and accessories according to very old rules of display (Internet websites help many modern Japanese parents learn the rules). However, though the dolls may remain on display for many weeks leading up to March 3rd, tradition holds that the dolls must be put away promptly after this date in order to ensure a young girl's future happiness with a home and family of her own. A similar holiday for boys is the May 5th celebration of Boy's Day. In recent times, Boy's Day has come to be known as 'Children's Day.'

item code: R5S6-0005659
category code: hinadougumono
ship code: L1650


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