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Model scroll box

Model scroll box

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    1880-1930 (made)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Fumie Kosuge

  • Museum number:

    FE.22:1 to 4-2003

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This miniature box for a handscroll is part of a Japanese Dolls' Festival (hina matsuri) set. The Dolls' Festival is traditionally celebrated by girls on 3rd March. This box contains a rolled and painted handscroll, with a decorated woven fabric backing.
The focal point of the Dolls' Festival festival is the display of dolls, miniature furniture and household accessories on tiered shelves in the home. The furniture and accessories are modelled on wedding sets which formed part of the dowry of elite women. Such sets, which usually included more than 50 objects, were intended as ceremonial showpieces to show off the family's wealth and status. They included bathing and toilet articles, items connected with clothes, writing implements and those for eating and drinking. This Dolls' Festival group consists of several incomplete sets of miniature lacquer furniture and daily utensils, to which this box belongs.

Physical description

Miniature box for a handscrolll in lacquered wood decorated with peonies, floral scrolls and mon (family crest) in gold hiramaki-e (lit. flat sprinkled picture) with two metal ring handles and tassels. It contains a painted scroll.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)


1880-1930 (made)

Descriptive line

Woo, Japan, toys and games, lacquer.
Miniature scroll box, lacquered wood and gold hiramaki-e (lit. flat sprinkled picture), part of a hina-matsuri (Dolls' Festival) set, Japan, late 19th century-early 20th century


Dolls & Toys; Lacquerware


East Asia Collection

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