Posted 2 months ago
These figurines are, male 3" x 3", female 2.5" x 2.5". They are not marked but came in a wooden box with a pretty extensive amount of text on the lid, which it turns out, is a box for holding tea and not related to these dolls. They appear to be chalk ware, or something similar, and are quite heavy, so may have something inside them. The male figurine has some sort of lance or pole extending from his middle.
Explanation from rhineisfine about these dolls:
"It's an "emperor and empress" doll set for Hinamatsuri in Japanese. Hinamatsuri (variously called Girls' Day or Dolls Day in English) falls on March 3rd:
The elaborate tradition is to have a full large set of gofun dolls that are arrayed on a stepped display, but many people simply have an emperor/empress set to display. (They're actually the "imperial couple", not the emperor and empress exactly, but close enough in English.)
Sorry, meant to say it's a festival (matsuri) in Japan, featuring ornamental dolls (hina-ningyo), thus the name Hinamatsuri in Japanese.'"
They are not extremely complex or sophisticated in execution. I was not really interested in these but they came in a two box lot with a very nice sake cup in a tomobako, both for only $9, the cup probably worth several times that amount. No idea who made these.-