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beaded doll
  • United States
  • beaded doll, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: United States
  • cloth, horse hair, buckskin, beading
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 10.5 x 4.5 x 1.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 4 1/8 x 1 3/4 x 9/16 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0491

This is a small beaded human figure with a white face, black eyes, and red lips. The hair on the head is made of black beads, but the ponytails poking up are black horse hair. They are wrapped with stripes of light blue and red. The figure's body is red and light blue stripes, and it wears a panel skirt in dark blue with yellow stripes. It has white hands but no feet.

The buckskin strip is from the back of the head.