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, cornmeal, string, ink
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 38 x 18 x 10 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 14 15/16 x 7 1/16 x 3 7/8 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3184

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 blue top with a dark blue design and a yellow skirt with white stripes and columns of black checkerboard patterns.

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