Dolly good show in the grotto

JAPANMI''santa with collection of japanese dolls.
JAPANMI''santa with collection of japanese dolls.
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SANTA has some very special treasures in his grotto at Sheffield’s Weston Park Museum.

Money raised from visits will help fund the conservation of a precious collection of antique Japanese dolls.

Dating from the late 1800s, the 30 dolls from the city’s collection are ornate representations of a bride, her attendants and watchful Samurai guards on their way to a wedding.

Made in Japan, the dolls are thought to have been a commemorative wedding present made for the Sheffield industrialist Sir Arthur Balfour, who donated the set to the city in 1929.

Once they’ve been conserved, the dolls will go on show at Weston Park next spring.