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: United States
  • buckskin, shell, pigment, horse hair, beading
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 32 x 21 x 6 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 12 5/8 x 8 1/4 x 2 3/8 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5887

Soft bodied doll. Buckskin head with long dark hair in two braids. Dentalium shell and dark blue bead hair ornaments. Proper right braid has a buckskin tie with three large black faceted beads. Eyes, nose and mouth are made with dark blue and white beads. She wears a buckskin dress with yellow pigment. Top is beaded from one wrist, across torso, to other wrist in blocks of yellow, dark blue and white. Fringe at ends of sleeves, down side seams and at hemline. Hemline is beaded with red and white. Longer buckskin fringes in three sparse layers over skirt. Boots are beaded with yellow and dark blue stripes.