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female doll
  • Arapaho peoples
  • female doll, late 1800s
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, cloth, beading
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 38 x 16 x 4.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 14 15/16 x 6 1/4 x 1 3/4 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5889
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Soft bodied doll. Buckskin head without hair. Black and white beads for eyes, red beads for lips. White and light blue beaded earrings. Long ornament at proper right ear made from white tube beads. Beaded choker-style necklace in dark green, white and yellow.
Buckskin dress. Short fringes at shoulder and along scalloped hemline. Strips of beading across shoulders, yoke and chest in white, dark blue, yellow, red, pink, light blue and orange. Sash is beaded with squares in white and light blue or white and red. Band of beads follows hemline in white, light blue, medium blue, dark blue and yellow. Two white crosses with red detail on front above hemline. Two diamonds in red, medium blue and dark blue on back above hemlines. Short buckskin ties above designs.
Buckskin leggings beaded at ankle with white and dark blue and blocks of light blue, white and dark blue above. Moccasins are beaded with red and light blue.

Cloth hands and underskirt.