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Hina Dolls / Emperor and Empress Figures
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of Hina Dolls / Emperor and Empress Figures. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.

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In Japan (and in publications by Japanese authors)

1931

These designs for Emperor and Empress Dolls appear in 'Origami (Part 1)' by Isao Honda, which was first published in Japan in 1931.

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1957

These simple Prince and Princess Dolls (the Prince has a pointy head) appear in 'Origami: Book One' by Florence Sakade, which was published by the Charles E Tuttle Company in Rutland, Vermont and Tokyo in 1957.

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1959

These designs for a heavily cut 'Prince' and 'Princess' appear in 'Origami: Book Three' by Florence Sakade, which was published by the Charles E Tuttle Company in Rutland, Vermont and Tokyo in 1959.

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