Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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male doll
  • unknown Lakota maker
  • male doll, late 1800s–1925
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, wool, cotton, rawhide, porcupine quills, silk ribbons, shell, fur, pigment, horse hair, beading, dyeing, braiding
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 25.5 x 12 x 4.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 10 1/16 x 4 3/4 x 1 3/4 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5872

Soft bodied doll. Buckskin head with dark horse hair in two braids. Proper left is wrapped with brown fur and dark blue and white beaded band and proper right has the beaded band only. One cowrie shell on head and red bundle on back of head. Brown cotton shirt with blue and orange ribbon around neck. White lane stitched beaded vest with geometric designs in red, dark blue and red. He is wearing two red quill bracelets on each arm. He has dark blue wool leggings with orange cloth edging. They are beaded with a white strip with dark blue triangles. Red wool loin cloth with white field adn green stripe at top and bottom. Blue ribbon down back with white beaded panel and dark blue horizontal stripe. Blue and green beads on top of shoes and blue and white beads on soles.