Court Ladies Making Dolls

Court Ladies Making Dolls


attributed to Kubo Shunman 窪 俊満

(Japanese, 1757-1820)

Color woodblock print

Gift of Myrta Leonora Jones 1922.175



Since ancient times dolls were used in Japan for religious purposes, especially for the healing of impurities or illness. Mothers often presented dolls to shrines to secure the protection of kami (spirits) for their children. Each year there is a doll festival (Hina Matsuri) or Girl's Festival on March 3rd at which families display heirloom sets of dolls dressed in costumes of the ancient imperial court. This is a section of a surimono (a print in which an image is combined with poetry to celebrate a special event) or an album page.

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Japanese Art
Japanese Art
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