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Prune doll - Prune Doll

Prune Doll

  • Object:

    Prune doll

  • Place of origin:


  • Date:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    prunes, walnut, wood, paper, wire, felt, glass beads, cotton

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Susi Elizabeth Thoma

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Museum of Childhood, Creativity Gallery, case 11

Physical description

Representing a man with a pipe and stave. The body and limbs are made of prunes slotted on to wire and bent into position. The head is a walnut with a wooden knob nose, black and white glass eyes embedded into the shell and the mouth indicated by a red painted line and the brows by black painted lines. The hands are brown paper.
The figure is dressed with a black stiffened felt hat decorated with a feather, a sleeveless coat of black felt, a waistcoat of red felt decorated with two white beads and a tie arrangement of dark beige cloth decorated with a pale green glass bead. Around the face has been tied a band of checked cotton (the impression is that the figure is suffering with a toothache. The left hand is holding a pipe made fom a naturally shaped piece of wood; in the right is a wooden stave with a V at the top.
The figure is held to a circular block of wood by the wire which pass through the legs. The outer rim is painted red and between the legs, glued to the top, is a card label with the maker's trademark

Place of Origin




Materials and Techniques

prunes, walnut, wood, paper, wire, felt, glass beads, cotton

Marks and inscriptions

A. Z.
card label nailed to base


height: 8¼ in, diameter: 2 7/8 in of base

Descriptive line

Prune doll, representinmg a man; made in Germany, 1950-70

Production Note

Probably made in Nürnberg where such dolls are sold at Christmas in the Christkindelmarkt.

Attribution note: These are hand made and used for decoration.
Reason For Production: retail


Walnut; Wood; Paper; Wire; Felt


Museum of Childhood

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