Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Shilluk peoples
  • doll, late 1800s–1978
  • Where object was made: Sudan
  • cloth, cornmeal, string, pigment, sequins
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 36 x 19 x 8.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 14 1/8 x 7 1/2 x 3 3/8 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3179

The soft bodied doll is made of white cloth. The molded face is made with cornmeal. It has long black string for hair. She wears a dark blue and white top, with a bow in the front. Her skirt has a black field with a batik-like design in white, dark blue and pink. She has white underwear and gold sequins on her hair.

The arms are very long and the fingers and toes are colored with black ink.