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doll with cradleboard
  • Ute peoples
  • doll with cradleboard, early 1900s
  • Where object was made: United States
  • wood, buckskin, cloth, rawhide, ink, beading
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 41.5 x 18 x 14 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 16 5/16 x 7 1/16 x 5 1/2 in
  • Gift of Orvel A. Criqui
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6027

The doll sized cradleboard has a rawhide back and a buckskin front. The sunshade is made from sticks held together at regular intervals. The front of the shade is wrapped with buckskin and decorated with a row of light green beads and a black zigzag. The doll's head is a cloth bundle with the facial features and hair drawn on. The front of the cradleboard is light colored buckskin, drawn together down the center. There is a row of green beading across the top with black diamonds and chevrons and yellow detail. There are small white and dark blue rosettes on either end and buckskin fringe below. There is a vertical row of green beads, in dashes, with a green cross and yellow center at the bottom on either side of the center.

The small bit of exposed cloth inside the buckskin shows a pink flower at the bottom of the front closure.