Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Shilluk maker
  • doll, late 1800s–1978
  • Where object was made: Sudan
  • cloth, beads, cornmeal, string, pigment, sequins
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 34 x 16 x 8 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 13 3/8 x 6 1/4 x 3 1/8 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3178

The soft bodied doll is made of white cloth. The molded face is made with cornmeal. One eye is still present. It has long black string for hair. She wears a yellow top with black details and a skirt of pink, dark pink, light purple and light orange. SHe wears a necklace of red and white beads, pink underwear, and a headband of gold sequins.

The arms are very long and the hands and feet are colored with black ink.