Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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male doll
  • unknown Lakota maker
  • male doll, late 1800s–1959
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, horse hair, wool, cloth, porcupine quills, rawhide, feathers, beading, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 28 x 14.5 x 4.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 11 x 5 11/16 x 1 3/4 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5874

Soft bodied doll. He has a cloth head with black and white beads for eyes and red for a mouth. He has long black hair. Hair is decorated with three rawhide strips, partially wrapped with red or white quills. One metal tinkler with red feathers at the end.

He wears a buckskin shirt with fringes at shoulders, underside of arms, down seams and at hem. The shirt is decorated with rows of beading in red, dark blue and medium blue over shoulders and down arms. There is a red and green triangle at neck. Red wool pants with single row of light blue beads along seam and edges with light colored cloth. Dark blue panel in back.

Moccasins are beaded with white field, green on top and red triangles around sides.