The Hina dolls palace is for the Japanese Girl's Day, Hina Matsuri festival. The Hina doll set that I grew up with was displayed in the steps style, which is a common way of displaying 15 dolls with furniture. I have never seen this type of Hina Goten (Palace) until I found several of these recently. It tells us how different things used to be (and still is to some extent) according to regions. The hina dolls were modeled after the Imperial Court from the Heian period (794-1192). The costumes are all made out of silk, the Empress' hair is a little messy and the Emperor's hair has some holes.
The dimensions of the palace are: 25 1/2”H x 17”W x 7 3/4”D
This is the tallest house that I have available, appears newer than the others and very solid among this kinds. Circa 1910 to 1940.
Assembling the house is easily done and all the pieces fit into the box shown, including the dolls, their pedestal and a removable stair and stair rail. All the hinges and nails are very tiny and a little rusty. I was very fortunate to acquire several of these rare finds all at once.