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Palaung doll

Palaung doll

  • Place of origin:

    Shan (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1935 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stuffed cotton with Chinese silk damask, pom poms and face features drawn and stitched.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Doll dressed in a Northern Paluang woman's costume composed of: -
Long hood made of a patchwork of Chinese pink, lilac and yellow silk damask.
Back Flap circling to the front of the same silk damask as the hood with yellow pom-poms at the corners.
Front Flap of similar damask and colour as the Back Flap.
Blouse of blue silk Chinese damask.
Longyi red rayon-silk with fine horizontal stripes from waist to hem.
Leggings/font> green and yellow silk damask.
Detachable Sleeves pink and blue silk damask.

Place of Origin

Shan (made)


ca. 1935 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Stuffed cotton with Chinese silk damask, pom poms and face features drawn and stitched.


Height: 45.7 cm

Object history note

The doll was collected in the late 1930's by Sir Archibald and Lady Cochrane during Sir Archibald's time as the last governor of Burma before the second world war. It serves as a model for wearing the Paluang Woman's Costume (IS 8 to 16 - 1998) which formed part of the Cochrane Collection acquired by the Museum.

Descriptive line

Burmese doll dressed in a Palaung woman's costume of the northern Shan States which consist of an ensemble of multiple fabrics and colours. Made of stuffed cotton with facial features drawn and stitched. c. 1935


Cotton; Cotton; Damask


Weaving; Stitching; Padding

Subjects depicted

Costume doll


South & South East Asia Collection

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