Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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doll cradleboard
  • unknown Paiute maker
  • doll cradleboard, late 1800s–1928
  • Where object was made: United States
  • plant fiber, cloth, yarn, weaving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 56.5 x 28.5 x 9.5 cm width includes one strut
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 22 1/4 x 11 1/4 x 3 3/4 in width includes one strut
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2313

The long narrow trapezoidal back is made from sticks woven together every inch or so. The narrow end points downward. The wider end has a "hood" created in the same way, with struts of woven sticks on the sides. The hood is attached at the top with tied strips of cloth, and the struts attach at the sides with tied cloth. The bottom edge of the hood is edged with blue cloth with white dots (the same cloth used for tying). There is a zigzag and a solid line of red yarn above the edging.

One strut is broken off. The other strut is no longer in proper position, causing the hood to collapse.