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doll in cradleboard
  • Potawatomi peoples
  • doll in cradleboard, early-mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: United States
  • wood, cloth, yarn, beading
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 22 x 11 x 10.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 8 5/8 x 4 5/16 x 4 1/8 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6043

The wooden cradleboard has a flat back, a square support in front of the doll's face, and "U" shaped support under the doll's feet. The doll's head is cloth with black beads for eyes and a mouth and black yarn for hair. She is resting on a dark grey blanket. Black cloth covers the body and wraps the top portion of the body holding it to the board. The wrapping cloth is decorated with a band of beading that has a white field and light blue border. There are red diamonds and green details. There is a thin band of red, green and white beading at the top and bottom of the wrapping cloth. The square support is wrapped with strips of beading in white with red and green diamonds and white with red, green and dark blue stripes. The ends or support are wrapped with red yarn and small wooden triangle at the base. There is a "Y" shaped strip of beading in red and white from the support to the bottom of the cradleboard.