Lladro Hina Dolls Festival. Limited Edition of 3,500 units
Every year on March 3rd, Japan celebrates Hina Matsuri, the Doll Festival. Hina dolls are given for girls first Hina Festival by her parents or grandparents.
Since many Japanese live in small houses, the Royal couple version (with only the Emperor and the Empress dolls) is currently the most popular. Dolls are believed to bring good fortune, health, and a good marriage to the young girl who owns them, so long as she treats them correctly. She must offer them certain foods as hishimochi (diamond-shaped rice cakes) and shirozake (sweet white sake), together with other seasonal sweets to be enjoyed during the festival.
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 on which we can count up to seven different layers.
The clothing is highly elaborate; everything is profusely decorated, with a great wealth of details. The Emperor bears the required attributes (sword, fan, crown…) associated with emperors. The Empress bears a classic fan which at the same time is painted with flowers and birds as a beautiful real miniature in her hands. The braiding of her black hairdo is another display of minute detail according to the real Japanese tradition.
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.