Makie master Mamoru Wakabayashi painted the the hina dolls, Obirna (Prince Doll) and Mebirna (Princess Doll).
I managed to take a few pictures at the mini Namiki Exhitbition here in Singapore to promote maki-e art.
Above the Prince Doll, expressed using Taka (raised) Maki-e technique, is a mandarin orange tree, known as “Ukon no Tachibana”. The mandarin orange tree symbolises auspiciousness and longevity, as the orange tree is known to grow all year round regardless of the climate.
The cherry blossom, known as “Sakon no Sakura” set atop the Princess Doll represents good omen and blessings.
The Namiki 2014 Limited Edition will be launched in October worldwide, with 70 sets individually numbered.