JFKL May 2017

The Dolls of Japan: Shapes of Prayer, Embodiments of Love

As its moniker “Kingdom of Dolls” suggests, Japan enjoys a rich culture of figurines. Each has its own distinct meaning and purpose, and is deeply connected to daily life. Old Japanese traditions such as Hinamatsuri (Girls’ Festival) have fostered this unique appreciation leading to the belief that dolls are not only children’s toys but also works of art to be displayed and admired. Familiar themes from Noh and Kabuki drama have further been incorporated, thus extending the range of designs.
Even in these modern times, craftsmen use time-honoured methods to create old-style dolls to be forever cherished by their owners. In an exciting development, many new artists have also emerged and are producing their own distinctively personal versions for the decorative art world.
Japanese dolls are characterised by their serene expressions, achieved by carefully sculpting the outer layer of pulverised oyster shells that cover the faces. Another important feature is the vivid colours of their dress, showing the richness of ancient costume and pageantry.
Come join us in celebrating Japan’s legacy of dolls when the travelling exhibition arrives in Malaysia this April to August.


Petaling Jaya Museum
Jalan 10/7, Seksyen 10, Taman Jaya, 46000 Petaling Jaya
17 April – 18 May, 2017
9am – 5pm, daily except for Fridays and public holidays
Free admission

Sabah Art Gallery
Jalan Muzium, 88000 Kota Kinabalu
3 – 30 June, 2017 (tentative)
9am – 5pm, daily except for public holidays
Free admission

Penang State Museum
No. 57, Jalan Macalister, 10400 George Town
12 July – 30 August, 2017 (tentative)
9am – 5pm, daily except for public holidays
Free admission


You can contact the Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur for more information.
Phone : 03-2284 6228
E-mail : jpcc@jfkl.org.my
Website : http://www.jfkl.org.my

The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur
18th Floor, Northpoint, Block B, Mid Valley City, No.1,
Medan Syed Putra, 59200 KL
Monday to Friday 8:30am-4:30pm

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