Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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male doll
  • unknown Plains maker
  • male doll, late 1800s–1916
  • Where object was made: Southern Plains, United States
  • buckskin, rattlesnake rattle, wool, beads, string, pigment, beading, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 32 x 14 x 5.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 12 5/8 x 5 1/2 x 2 1/8 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5883

Soft bodied doll. Buckskin head with black and white beads for eyes and red beads for lips. Rattlesnake rattle on string at back of head. He is wearing a buckskin shirt with fringe at shoulders, down seams and at hemline. He is wearing a hairpipe breastplate made from white tube beads and pearlescent light orange beads. Band of white beading down either side of shirt with dark blue squares. Blue-green and black beaded sash, tied on proper right. Buckskin pants with short fringe down sides and a band of white beading with clusters of dark blue and yellow blocks. Long red wool panel in front and back. Moccasins are beaded with medium blue field, dark blue and white stripes and red triangles.