Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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female doll
  • unknown Ka’igwu (Kiowa) maker
  • female doll, late 1800s–1916
  • Where object was made: United States
  • cloth, buckskin, wood, shell, pigment, hair, rawhide, leather, metal, beading, braiding
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 38 x 18 x 7 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 14 15/16 x 7 1/16 x 2 3/4 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5896

Soft bodied doll with cloth head. Face has yellow pigment with green and red triangles on sides. Dark blue and white beads for eyes and lips. Dark blue wool dress with red wool sleeves. Lane stitched beading on a buckskin strip across top of sleeves and shoulders. White field with a red diamond, dark blue and light blue detail. White with dark blue and red squares at neckline. Two rows of shells across chest and arms on front and back. Leather belt with silver colored metal rectangles hangs down in back. Red wool down sides of dress and red and white plaid cloth wrapped at hips. Light brown cloth edging on sleeves and hem. Buckskin boots with fringed tops. Shafts colored yellow, feet colored green. White, dark blue and red beading up side of left boot. White with red and yellow beading up right boot. Both have white and dark blue beading around ankles.