Japan Shiromuku Bride
Large Japanese bride doll dressed in traditional Shiromuku style, as used for Shinto or Buddhist wedding ceremonies. All parts of this costume are white*, like the hat (wataboshi) and the other accessories. On the chest the bride carries a small dagger (kaiken or futokoro-gatana; formerly carried by men and women of the samurai class for self-defense indoors) and a box (hakoseko) with a mirror, comb or lipstick in it. The gold fan symbolizes luck. Size 43 cm. No marks.
*White is a symbol of pureness or virginity. White can also be dyed in any color so the bride may 'take on the colors of the groom's family she is marrying into'.