Every year on March 3rd, Japan celebrates Hina Matsuri, the Doll Festival. Girls receive Hina Dolls as presents, which are then used to form a Hina ningyo, a composition to be arranged on a kind of altar or against a backdrop to ensure a happy life for girls.
The difference between this piece and previous versions lies in the more childlike or juvenile features of the emperor and empress. In former times, faces were made up with extremely pale colors and eyebrows were plucked. The facial traits have been carefully designed and painted, being adapted to modern taste under the assessment of Japanese art and customs experts.
All the details of both dolls have been faithfully reproduced. The clothing is inspired by the traditional clothes used in the Imperial court during the Heian period (794-1185) and is characterized by the many layers worn by both, especially the Empress where we can count up to seven different layers.
In her hand she bears a classic fan which is painted with flowers and birds as a beautiful real miniature. The braiding of her black hairdo is another display of minute detail according to the real Japanese tradition. The Emperor bears the required attributes (sword, fan, crown) associated with emperors.
Glazed classic porcelain, glazes were used in the decoration of Emperors sword and the Empress headdress. The limited edition number have been engraved on the porcelain bases (so the Emperor and the Empress in any Hina Dolls Festival set will have the same number engraved).