Hina Doll 2
1970s Hina Doll beautifully robed in handmade traditional Japanese costume. The hands and head are made from a base consisting of eggshells.
The custom of displaying dolls began during the Heian period. People believed the dolls possessed the power to contain bad spirits. They have origins back to an ancient Japanese custom called doll floating in which straw hina dolls are set afloat on a boat and sent down a river to the sea, supposedly taking troubles or bad spirits with them. Today some Shrines in Kyoto still float these dolls along the rivers to pray for the safety of children.