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Prune doll - Prune Doll

Prune Doll

  • Object:

    Prune doll

  • Place of origin:

    Germany

  • Date:

    1950-1970

  • Materials and Techniques:

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

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Susi Elizabeth Thoma

  • Museum number:

    B.14-1998

  • 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

Germany

Date

1950-1970

Materials and Techniques

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

Marks and inscriptions

ORIGINAL
A. Z.
card label nailed to base

Dimensions

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

Materials

Walnut; Wood; Paper; Wire; Felt

Collection

Museum of Childhood

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