The third figurine make-over I performed was on two little figures that someone gave me when I lived in Japan for Hina Matsuri. Hina Matsuri, sometimes called “Girl’s Festival” or “Doll’s Festival” in English, takes place on March 3rd in Japan, and traditionally one displays dolls representing the Emperor and Empress around this date.
I actually have two Hina Matsuri doll collections – the one which I transformed above, made of clay, and another set made from sea shells (which I used for a Tanabata ritual). The clay set is pretty cute, but I’ve never actually displayed them and since I have another set, I decided it might be better to put them to different use – as representatives of the Great God and Great Goddess on my altar during rituals. However, displaying Hina Matsuri dolls when it isn’t the festival is considered unlucky in Japan, so I thought it would be best to transform them so they no longer so strongly resembled Hina Matsuri dolls. I also wanted them to look more “generic,” so they not only represent Japanese symbols of the masculine and feminine but any God/Goddess pair from any religion.
I therefore gave them the same “stone effect” paint job that I gave my recent faerie figurine. This technique works really well on clay, and clay has so much texture already and lacks the shininess of resin so I didn’t have to stipple the final paint layer in order to get a nice, even stony effect.
I think the final result looks delightfully like the dosojin Jo and Uba – the kami couple who protect travellers and also have links with fertility. This seems very apt for a generic Great God and Great Goddess representation. I look forward to displaying them in my next ritual!