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Prune doll - Prune Doll

Prune Doll

  • Object:

    Prune doll

  • Place of origin:


  • Date:


  • Materials and Techniques:

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

  • 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 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




Materials and Techniques

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


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


Walnut; Wire; Wood; Felt; Metal; Cloth


Museum of Childhood

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