Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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female doll
  • unknown Cheyenne maker
  • female doll, late 1800s–1916
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, horse hair, cloth, pigment, shell, beading, braiding
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 47 x 32 x 9 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 18 1/2 x 12 5/8 x 3 1/2 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6029

The soft bodied doll is wearing a buckskin dress. She has long black hair in two braids and dentalium shell earrings. She has a cloth face with black beads for the eyes and mouth. Her cheeks are red. The buckskin dress has fringe on the sleeves, the seams, down the sides and on the hemline.
There is lane stitched beading across the yoke and shoulders. It has a white field with wide green vertical stripes and dark blue on either side with red triangles. The flap on the proper left side is also lane stitched with a white field, with medium blue triangles and red lines. There is white and medium blue around the waist. There is a red and white beaded wavy line at the hemline with dark green triangles. She has moccasin boots with medium blue and red triangles forming a solid line up the front and around the ankles. There is a red and blue cross on top of the foot.