Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Plains maker
  • doll, late 1800s–1916
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, pigment, horse hair, ribbon, beading
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 31 x 7.5 x 4 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 12 3/16 x 2 15/16 x 1 9/16 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5886

Soft bodied doll. Head is made from buckskin with long dark horse hair on back. Small bit of light blue ribbon on proper left side of head. Black beads for eyes, black and white beads for mouth. Nose is sewn. Wearing a buckskin tunic with long sleeves. Fringe at neds of sleeves, hemline is cut in a zigzag and the triangle at neckline is cut in a zigzag. Beading on left and right side over shoulders, down front and back, in red, yellow, back and medium blue. Dark yellow, dark blue and white beads down top of each sleeve.

Buckskin pants have yellow pigment. Medium blue beads down outside below knee. Band of red, medium blue and black above ankles and black strip to feet. Red and medium blue on top of feet.