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Doll

Object Number: 
1937.1211
Date: 
1830-1860
Medium: 
Papier mâché, textile, wood, leather, mother of pearl, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 15 x 8 x 2 1/2 in. ( 38.1 x 20.3 x 6.4 cm )
Description: 
Doll with papier mâché shoulder head, molded black hair piled in curls on top of head in especially elaborate hair style, with curls painted along edges, molded and painted facial features including blue eyes (with white dot on pupil), closed mouth, and pink tinted cheeks; stuffed kid body with divided arm composed of stuffed kid upper arm and wooden lower arm, with crudely carved fingers, divided leg composed of stuffed kid upper leg and wooden lower leg, with blue painted slippers; long-sleeved dress patterned with brown flowers, embroidered openwork panel sewn on to front of dress, with similar pieces at cuffs, lace trim, buttoned up back, cream-colored silk petticoat over pink silk petticoat and knickers.
Gallery Label: 
This object was once part of the folk art collection of Elie Nadelman (1882-1946), the avant-garde sculptor. From 1924 to 1934, Nadelman's collection was displayed in his Museum of Folk Arts, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. The Historical Society purchased Nadelman's entire collection in 1937.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group