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Meg

Dutch Doll
1880s (made)
Place Of Origin

Carved wooden doll jointed at shoulders, elbows, hips and knees. The jointing is all done with wooden pegs and pins. The head and body are carved from a single piece of wood. The body is rounded at the upper front and flat at the back and lower front. The lower parts of all the limbs are painted white. The lower arms taper to a pointed end and the feet are indicated by carved block ends to the lower legs. The head and shoulders are painted cream with different colours for the facial features. There is a black hair cap with grey on the forehead. The eyes are blue and the mouth a red line with blob in middle. The eyebrows are grey lines and the cheeks have a pink blush. The nose protrudes. Two separate pieces have been added on to form the head, one one the left side and one on top which has been fastenened with a metal pin.


object details
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Carved and painted wood
Brief Description
Wooden Dutch doll probably made in Germany in the 1880s
Physical Description
Carved wooden doll jointed at shoulders, elbows, hips and knees. The jointing is all done with wooden pegs and pins. The head and body are carved from a single piece of wood. The body is rounded at the upper front and flat at the back and lower front. The lower parts of all the limbs are painted white. The lower arms taper to a pointed end and the feet are indicated by carved block ends to the lower legs. The head and shoulders are painted cream with different colours for the facial features. There is a black hair cap with grey on the forehead. The eyes are blue and the mouth a red line with blob in middle. The eyebrows are grey lines and the cheeks have a pink blush. The nose protrudes. Two separate pieces have been added on to form the head, one one the left side and one on top which has been fastenened with a metal pin.
Dimensions
  • Height: 26cm
Production typeMass produced
Object history
Historical significance: The original doll who appeared in the Golliwogg books illustrated by Florence Upton, who owned the doll
Production
Reason For Production: Retail
Collection
Accession Number
B.496-1997

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record createdApril 4, 2002
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