Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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doll in cradleboard
  • unknown Potawatomi maker
  • doll in cradleboard, late 1800s–1975
  • wood, cloth, buckskin, yarn, beading
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 36 x 15.5 x 14 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 14 1/8 x 6 1/8 x 5 1/2 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6039

The wood cradleboard has a flat rectangular back and square support in front of the doll's head and a "U" shaped support under the doll's feet. The doll has a cloth head and black yarn hair and white beads for facial features. She is wearing a red dress and rests on a red pillow. She is held to the cradleboard with dark blue acryilic cloth wrapped around the board. The dark blue cloth is beaded with small white diamond-like shapes on the top portion and two whtie lines with leaf-like designs on the bottom portion with red and green detail.

The square wooden support is decorated with a loom beaded strip that has a white field with thick red chevrons, green triangles, and yellow detail. The red yarn stretches from the support to the bottom of the cradle in a "Y" shape. There is twisted red yarn at the top for hanging, along with a small buckskin loop. Red yarn is tied around the board near the doll's feet. There is another loop of yarn around the base of "Y."