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, velvet, beads, sequins, braiding
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 41 x 18 x 8 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 16 1/8 x 7 1/16 x 3 1/8 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3185

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 braided red string and gold sequins. She wears a white top with small pink and dark blue scattered designs and a yellow skirt with silver designs. She has a short necklace in white, red and light blue beads and black velvet shoes and mittens.

Her arms are very long.