Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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doll in cradleboard
  • Potawatomi peoples
  • doll in cradleboard, late 1800s–1975
  • Where object was made: United States
  • wood, cotton, yarn, paint, buckskin, embroidering
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 30 x 14 x 11.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 11 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 4 1/2 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6038
Label Text

The small cradleboard has a flat base and a square wooden support over the front of the doll's head. The doll has a cloth head with black yarn hair and an embroidered face. She is resting on a pillow and is held in place with dark blue cloth wrapping, with a purple and green flower embroidered on the front.

The wooden support over the doll's head is painted with dark blue triangles. There is white yarn from the support to the bottom of the cradleboard in a "Y" shape. The strut is held in place with strips of buckskin. There is a small buckskin loop at the top of the cradleboard. There are small wooden triangles at the base of the support.