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, velvet, braiding
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 41 x 17.5 x 8 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 16 1/8 x 6 7/8 x 3 1/8 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3187

The soft bodied doll is made of white cloth. The molded face is made with cornmeal. She has white beads for eyes and long black string for hair with red braided strips across the head and down the back, embellished with gold sequins. She has a short seed bead necklace. She wears a pink skirt, pink underwear and a top in white, dark blue, light blue, green and light purple. She also wears black velvet shoes and mittens.

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