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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, wire, wood, felt, metal, cloth

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Susi Elizabeth Thoma

  • Museum number:

    B.15-1998

  • 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 painted facial features.
The figure is dressed with a black stiffened felt hat decorated with a band of white and black braid, a sleeveless jacket of black felt decorated with gold studs, a waistcoat of red felt, a shirt from of beige cloth and a tie arrangement of dark beige spotted cloth. The left hand is holding a pipe made fom a naturally shaped piece of wood; in the right is a wooden stave and a cloth bundle.
The figure is held to a circular block of wood by the wire which pass through the legs. The outer rim is retains the tree bark.

Place of Origin

Germany

Date

1950-1970

Materials and Techniques

prunes, walnut, wire, wood, felt, metal, cloth

Dimensions

height: 8 in, diameter: 3 in base diam. not quite circular

Descriptive line

Prune doll made in Germany

Production Note

These dolls are made in Nürnberg and sold at the Christkindelmarkt.

Attribution note: These dolls are hand made and used as decorations
Reason For Production: retail

Materials

Walnut; Wire; Wood; Felt; Metal; Cloth

Collection

Museum of Childhood

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