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National Doll - Newari, Katmandu Valley, Nepal, circa 1964-1997 Object Reg. No: SH 970288

Summary:
National Doll produced to represent a Nepalese woman. Dolls are among the most universal toys found throughout the world and through history. Ornamental dolls can also be used to represent aspects of cultural traditions, such as dress.

Traditional Nepalese clothing varies according to region, ethic and cultural groups, however many women wear blouses and saris, with gold jewelry for ornamentation. This doll is dressed to represent a Newari woman from the Katmandu Valley, their dress is typified by the black sari with a red boarder and shawl worn over the shoulders.

This doll comes from a collection of approximately 150 dolls in an array of national and regional costumes which were collected by Edna Setford from 1964-1988. Her husband Clifford continued the collection until his death in 1997. The collection is the work of both Edna and Clifford as well as many friends and family who brought dolls home to Edna as gifts from overseas trips. The final doll arrived two days after Clifford's death. This doll came from Katmandu in Nepal.

These dolls were purchased as souvenirs of particular countries and like many mass produced souvenirs they are often not accurate representations of a particular country or region, and may actually better reflect neighbouring counties or regions. This occurs because costumes are often stylised and simplified resulting dolls wearing generic costume elements which are common to many countries/regions. Often the fabrics and decorations used are selected to make the dolls cheap and easy to manufacture and aesthetically pleasing. This can result in the fabrics, colours and decorations of the doll's clothing having little or no reflection of the costume associated with a particular country or region they are meant to be representative of.
Description:
Wooden doll with painted facial features and hair, dressed in a black sari with a red boarder, black, white and brown stripped blouse and a white shawl wrapped around the waist and one shoulder. In one hand she holds a wooden instrument with black, red and white cotton wrapped around it.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Eril Wangerek, 1997
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 245 mm (Height)

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Tagged with: souvenirs, cultural identity, dolls, national costumes, keepsakes, travel, cultural awareness
Themes this item is part of: Identity: Yours, Mine, Ours, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 2011-2021, Migration Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity - Clothing
Tertiary Classification: national dolls
User: Mr & Mrs Edna & Clifford Setford, Victoria, Australia, circa 1964-1997

Owners of this doll collection which was acquired during this period.
Place Depicted: Nepal

This doll is dressed to represent a Newari woman from the Katmandu Valley

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