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, velvet, sequins, beads, braiding
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 40 x 20.5 x 8.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 15 3/4 x 8 1/16 x 3 3/8 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3186

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 red braided strands across the head and down the back, embellished with gold sequins. She wears a short necklace of seed beads and an anklet on her left leg. Her top is dark blue, light blue and white checked. The skirt is bright pink, dark pink, light orange, dark green, light green and bright blue. She has yellow underwear and black velvet shoes and mittens.

Her arms are very long and her hands and feet are colored with black ink.