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, sequins, beads
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 35 x 14 x 7.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 13 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 2 15/16 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3183

The soft bodied doll is made of white cloth. The molded face is made with cornmeal. It has one light blue bead for an eye and long black string for hair. She wears a black top with a brown and green flower print. The skirt is yellow with bright pink flowers, a white and light brown design with a flower, and circles and hearts. She has a short necklace of white and orange beads and one gold sequin on her hair.

Her arms are very long.