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doll in cradleboard
  • Arapaho, Cheyenne, or Sioux peoples
  • doll in cradleboard, late 1800s
  • Where object was made: United States
  • cloth, metal, shell, buckskin, wool, rawhide, beading
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 29 x 11 x 9 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 11 3/8 x 4 5/16 x 3 1/2 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6041
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Description

The soft cradleboard has a doll inside. The doll's head is cloth with beads for the eyes and mouth. The cradleboard is made of red cloth with clusters of white flower-like desings. There are buckskin strips wrapped around. The top of the cradleboard is beaded with lane stitching in stripes of white and green with triangles of red and yellow. There is a small cloth bundle on either side and at the top of the opening. There is a buckskin flap at the top back of the cradleboard in white with dark blue at the corners. There are red and green beaded fringes with blue metal bells at the end of the flap.

There are two beaded flaps on the front of the cradleboard. The facing left is white with yellow and dark blue stripes and red squares. The facing right tab is yellow with a red diamond in the center, and a dark blue and yellow checkerboard near the bottom and a light blue outline. Each tab has two triangles at the free end. There are buckskin ties below the opening of the cradleboard that have small cowrie shells.