Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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female doll
  • unknown Lakota maker
  • female doll, late 1800s–1916
  • Where object was made: Pine Ridge, South Dakota, United States
  • buckskin, cloth, horse hair, shell, plant fiber, pigment, beading, braidiing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 44 x 20 x 8 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 17 5/16 x 7 7/8 x 3 1/8 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6030

The soft bodied doll is wearing a buckskin dress. The buckskin head appears to be stuffed with plant fiber. There are the remains of dark hair in two braids, tied with buckskin and light blue beads. The red necklace has cowrie shells. The buckskin dress has yellow pigment on the bodice and lane stitched beading down the arms in white with dark blue and dark yellow squares, also across the chest and back. Two dark yellow squares are outlined with medium blue on the chest and back. The lane stitched sash has a white field with green triangles and red detail. The oversized awl case at the waist is decorated in white, dark blue, and yellow. There is a tassel of dentalium shells from the flap of the awl case. The skirt has diamond-like shapes down the sides and around the hemline in white, dark yellow, light blue, and dark blue. There is fringe at the hemline. The moccasins are beaded with white, dark blue, and dark yellow.