Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of dolls
  • Northern Marianas
  • pair of dolls, late 1800s–1992
  • Where object was made: Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
  • seeds, shell?, plant fiber, pigment, glue, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: a 35 x 11 x 8.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: a 13 3/4 x 4 5/16 x 3 3/8 in
    Object Height/Width/Depth: b 35 x 9 x 3.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: b 13 3/4 x 3 1/2 x 1 3/8 in
  • Gift of David and Mary Johnson
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5087.a,b

The pair of dolls is made from large brown seeds. The heads, bodies, hands and feet are made from dark brown seeds. The arms, legs and hanging loop are made from twisted plant fiber cords.

The female doll (2007.5087.a) wears a plant fiber skirt of red, green and yellow. She has long black hair, also of plant fiber. She has gastropod shell eyes.

The male doll (2007.5087.b) also has gastropod shell eyes and short brown hair.

They are currently tied together at the hanging loop.