Exceptional Lacquered Hina Kago (Palanquin) for Hina Matsuri Girl's Day Celebration, Edo Period

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32" (81 cm.) overall l. poles, 12"h. 11"w. Miniature lacquered palanquin bearing the uroko (fish scale triangle) and hanabishi (diamond flower) crests in gold is borne by long carrying poles divided into three segments, and has a hinged lid with chased metal fittings also bearing the hanabishi crest on one side and the uroko crest on the other, sliding door panel to reveal interior with silk brocade and silk crepe zabuton cushion and the walls papered and painted with bird, flower and bamboo motif, side windows shaded by tsundere reed screens. Inside rests a small chigo-bina (page doll) with silk brocade kamishimo broad-shouldered vest and trouser combination with chirimen silk crepe under kimono with embroidered designs of flowers, head and hands of wood covered in gofun with painted features, real hair. There is slight loss of hair to doll, fading and wear to paper interior. Edo Period, 19th century. In Japan, where wheeled vehicles were largely outlawed, kago palanquins were the vehicles of choice for the nobility and upper samurai families. Kago are occasionally found as supplemental accessories in expanded hina displays.
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