Object photography

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Object description

  • Lakota (Teton/Western Sioux) artist
  • Doll, late 19th century
  • Leather, velvet, glass, cotton
  • Great Plains, North America
  • H: 21 in, W: 12 1/2 in, D: 4 in (H: 53.3 cm, W: 31.7 cm, D: 10.2 cm)
  • Gift of Dr. Charles Goddard Weld, 1905
  • E8157
  • Likely given from mother to daughter, as an "everyday doll"
  • Dressed to reflect the latest in Lakota style

This doll, designed for everyday play, makes a fashion statement. Her beaded yoke and choker simulate precious dentalium shell. Her dangling earrings, long, silvery concho belt and beaded moccasins indicate that the doll's maker-likely the girl's mother-devoted much time and love to its creation.