Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

Welcome to the Spencer Collection

doll in cradleboard
  • Plains peoples
  • doll in cradleboard, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: Great Plains, United States
  • wood?, cloth, buckskin, beading
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 25 x 10 x 4.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 9 13/16 x 3 7/8 x 1 3/4 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5873

Cloth doll in cradleboard. The rudimentary doll is made from cloth, and hidden in the cradleboard except for the head, which lacks any facial features. The cradleboard is flat, narrow at bottom and wider at a curved top. The board and the doll are covered in buckskin. There is a row of fringe along the top. A row of medium blue land stitching follows the contour of the top curve, along the bottom edge and the edge of the buckskin sunshade over the doll's head. The curved line is decorated with green/orange and red/white triangles. The line across the bottom has one red/white triangle and the sunshade has two yellow/orange triangles. There is a row of white beading across doll's chest with green/red and green/orange diamonds.