Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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female doll
  • unknown Siksika (Blackfoot) maker
  • female doll, late 1800s–1959
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, horse hair, shell, pigment, beading, braiding
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 31 x 19 x 5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 12 3/16 x 7 1/2 x 1 15/16 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5870

Soft bodied doll. Buckskin body wearing a buckskin dress. Beads sewn on for eyes and mouth. Long brown horse hair, mostly braided on back. Long beaded ear ornament with shell triangle at bottom on proper right ear. Small cowrie shells decorate bodies. White beaded necklace and a second necklace with red and orange beads. Blue beaded waistband. Skirt is decorated with white beaded squares with red outlines. Fringe at end of sleeves and on hem. Blue beaded shoes and white, red and green stripes beaded on legs.