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, velvet, sequins, beads, braiding
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 40 x 16.5 x 8 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 15 3/4 x 6 1/2 x 3 1/8 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3182

The soft bodied doll is made of white cloth. The molded face is made with cornmeal. It has white beads for eyes and long black string for hair with a strip of red braided string across the top and down the back, embellished with gold sequins. She wears a top with tan and blue with white flowers. The skirt is green, bright yellow, bright pink, light blue and bright orange. She wears a short necklace of beads, black velvet shoes, and black velvet mittens.

The arms are very long.