Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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spirit doll
  • Potawatomi peoples
  • spirit doll, late 1800s
  • Where object was made: Northeastern United States
  • wood, paint, cloth, yarn
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 13 x 6.5 x 3 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 5 1/8 x 2 1/2 x 1 1/8 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5868
Description
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Carved wooden doll, painted red. Rudimentary with a nose and mouth, but no eyes and no arms. It is wrapped with dark purple plaid cloth with small sleeves and the right sleeve has a large white flower print. Waist is wrapped with red yarn.