Perhaps the most classic of Japanese ningyô, hina dolls were typically displayed only during the Hina-matsuri (Girl’s Day) celebration held on the third day of the third month. Depicting figures drawn from the imperial court, they were arranged on a tiered dais. Classically fifteen in number they included the lord and lady (dairi-bina), ladies-in-waiting (san’nin-kanjo), five musicians (gonin-bayashi), ministers (zuijin), and footmen (shichô). They are noted for their rich silk brocades and dignified presence.

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