Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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male doll
  • Skookum
  • male doll, 1913–1939
  • Where object was made: Billings, Montana, United States
  • cloth, wood, string, feather, bead, wool, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 31 x 12 x 7 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 12 3/16 x 4 3/4 x 2 3/4 in
  • Gift of Sister Mary Hubert, St. Mary's College
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6040
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Description
Inscriptions/Signature

The standing figure's head is made of a black substance to resemble a dried apple, as in the original Skookum dolls. The shoulder length brown hair is string. He wears a purple headband and a light brown headband. The light brown one reads "BILLINGS MONT." There are remnants of a white feather at the back of the head.

He is wearing a blanket with stepped triangles in combinations of light green, yellow, light orange and purple. He has blue trousers or leggings and brown boots. It is mounted on a brown wooden base.