The Japanese samurai dolls are part of the display used for Boy’s Day on every 5th of May in Japan. The dolls are the figures of historical heroes or legendary people to inspire the boys in the family (probably husbands are also included today) in their manliness and hopefully discipline and bravery to go with them. Samurai’s Yoroi armor, Kabuto helmet with swords, bow with arrows are popular items chosen today for the day.
Very large doll for this kind. 13 inches tall x 18 inches wide, sleeve to sleeve. The face, hands and feet are covered with shiny white Gofun (ground oyster shell). Meiji period (1868-1912).