Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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doll cradleboard
  • unknown Ojibwe (Ojibwa) maker
  • doll cradleboard, late 1800s–2007
  • Where object was made: United States or Canada
  • birch bark, cotton, plant fiber, buckskin, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 13 x 25 x 35 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 5 1/8 x 9 13/16 x 13 3/4 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2159

The birch bark is folded into a frame for a doll cradelboard. One end is folded and the other is left unfolded, resulting in a scoop on one end. The rim has a wooden splint and is whipstitched with plant fiber. The straight portion is covered in a red and white checked cotton cloth, folded over the frame and stitched down. The buckskin ties criss-cross the fabric.