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female doll
  • Diné (Navajo) peoples
  • female doll, late 1800s–1930
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • cloth, synthetic hair, velvet, beads, metal, ink
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 30 x 25 x 7 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 11 3/4 x 9 13/16 x 2 3/4 in
  • Gift of Eva F. Bennett
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5882
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Soft bodied doll. Her head is cloth, and the facial features are drawn on, except the nose which is sewn. She has black hair in a bun. Light blue beaded earrings and light blue and white beaded necklace. She is wearing a red velvet top with long sleeves. It has four silver disc buttons and larger discs around waist.

She has a dark blue skirt with vertically oriented designs: red, yellow or green zigzags, stylized human figures and geometric designs in the same colors. Two bands of white rickrack. She has second skirt under the dark blue skirt. It is light green with white daisy-like flowers and yellow/red striped circles or blue/red checked circles. Small dark leaves. Red shoes.