Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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female doll
  • Skookum
  • female doll, late 1800s–1939
  • Where object was made: United States
  • cloth, wood, string, paint, beads, apple?, braiding
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 26 x 12 x 7.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 10 1/4 x 4 3/4 x 2 15/16 in
  • Gift of Sister Mary Hubert, St. Mary's College
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6036

The standing figure's head is made from an unknown black substance, intended to resemble a dried apple used for Skookum doll heads. It has black beads for eyes and dark brown string for hair. It has a light orange cloth on the head and a light green shirt. The yellow skirt has a green allover pattern and the underskirt is purple plaid. There is an orange wearning blanket with short black marks. She is wearing brown boots and stands on a square green base. She has a baby wrapped in her balnket on her proper left shoulder.