Jirozaemon Hina (Traditional Japanese royal dolls)
These Hina dolls trace their development to “Muromachi Bina" dolls, which originated in the 15th century and were perfected in the early Hōreki Era (mid-18th century).
With round faces, narrow eyes, and hooked noses, their characteristic features hearken back to dolls from earlier times. Until the end of the Edo period, they were adored by daimyō and court nobles.
The passage of time often makes it difficult to trace a Hina doll's origin, but on the underside of this pair of dolls is an inscription that relates theirs to the Seisonkaku.
There it is reported that the high-ranking Takashi family from Kyoto sent their daughter, Takako, by palanquin to the 12th Maeda lord, Norihiro, on the occasion of their child's "hatsuzekku," a festival for its first celebration of life.