Japanese Art Dolls: Figurative Sculptures by Ohno Hatsuko

Tuesday 13 Nov 2012 – Friday 16 Nov 2012

About the Exhibition

13 November 2012 | 1 – 5 pm
14 November 2012 | 9:30 – 6 pm
15-16 November 2012 | 9:30 – 5 pm
Hobart Room, Assembly House, Theatre Street, Norwich NR2 1RQ
This event is free. All are welcome.

Assembly House

Enjoy a rare exhibition on traditional Japanese dolls made by Ohno Hatsuko (1915-1982) to celebrate the heritage and mastery of doll making practice in Japan. While dolls in the West are considered children’s play things, Japan has historically considered and produced them as works of art. Ohno’s work demonstrates absolute technical precision and artistic sensitivity. Each doll reveals the whimsical human character with warmth and humour.

About the Lecture

Lectures: Dolls of East and West

Venue: Music Room, Assembly House, Theatre Street, Norwich NR2 1RQ
Date: Wednesday, 14 November 2012 | 6-7pm (followed by reception)
This event is free. To book seat contact 01603-597-507 or email

Dolls of Ohno Hatsuko

Made in England: Dolls from the V&A Museum of Childhood Collection
Ester Lutman
Curator, V&A Museum of Childhood

V&A Museum of Childhood

The special lecture evening will begin with a talk by Mori Mika, daughter of Ohno Hatsuko, who will speak on the meaning and importance of traditional doll making in Japan and the roll her mother played in the figurative doll making movement. Esther Lutman, Curator from the V&A Museum of Childhood, will then look at English doll tradition through exploring the significant doll collection in the V&A Museum of Childhood. The exhibition is open until 6pm on the night of the lectures.