Lladro brings to life one of the most popular Japanese traditions, the Hina dolls, symbols of elegance and tradition, in one of its most characteristics representations: Tachibina dolls. The Japanese culture gives these dolls meaning beyond that of a child’s toy, a ceremonial significance of respect and veneration that remains from generation to generation. Most ancient and popular dolls are with any doubt the Hina dolls, displayed during the Hina-Matsuri Festival, held in Japan every March 3rd since the Edo Period, in the 17th Century. Tachibina dolls are even previous to that date. Tachibina dolls evoke the elaborated sitting Hina, which girls display at Hina Matsuri. These dolls are said to bring good fortune and protection to children. “Tachibina” literally means “standing Hina”. As all Hina dolls, they consist of a pair, one male and one female, with clothes of the noble court of Heian period (A.D.794-1185). The man is depicted with outstretched protective arms, and the woman is completely covered with a kimono hiding her arms. He is dressed in a kosode, or short-sleeved kimono, and hakama pants. The simplicity and the stiffness of their forms call to mind and are related to the first Japanese dolls made of bamboo.
These two pieces are a good proof of mastery in hand painting on porcelain, precise and minutely. With more than twelve different colors and hours of work, they combine a matte finish with accents of glaze to imitate the textures and shine of the silk embroidery on the kimonos. According to the Japanese tradition, the attires of the emperor and the empress have to be coordinated: our Tachibinas share the green flowered belts, his pants’ fabric is on her out folded lining, and his sleeves are on her lower kimono … The facial features have been carefully designed and painted