Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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doll in cradle
  • unknown Cheyenne or Lakota maker
  • doll in cradle, late 1800s–1916
  • Where object was made: United States
  • wool, cloth, dentalium shell, ink, rawhide, metal, beading
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 21.5 x 10 x 7.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 8 7/16 x 3 7/8 x 2 15/16 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6044

The doll is wrapped in a soft cradleboard made of dark blue wool. It is decorated with rows of dentailium shells and has red edging. The rawhide flap at the top back is striped with white, dark blue and medium blue beads. It has beaded fringes and dentalium shells with metal bells. There is dentalium fringe with a metal bell on either side of the opening.

The doll inside has a soft, cloth head, with the facial features drawn on.