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National Doll - Korean, 1964 Object Reg. No: SH 940233

National doll produced to represent a Korean woman, it was sent to Monica Gates by the Korean Director of Cultural Affairs, 1964.

The Gates collection contains 170 national dolls from 74 different countries and some correspondence relating to the acquisition of several of the dolls. The costumes of the dolls represent national costumes from the 19th Century to the 1990s. Monica Gates collected or was given these dolls between 1957 and 1990.

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.
Female asian doll with black hair. Dressed in a pale pink and blue garment with some red and purple edging. She holds a basket of flowers in one hand and the edge of her garment in the other.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 44.00 cm (Height), 9.00 cm (Width), 16.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: clothing, souvenirs, cultural beliefs, dolls, national costumes, children s play, national identity, cultural awareness
Themes this item is part of: Childhood & Youth Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity - Clothing
Tertiary Classification: national dolls
Place & Date Made: Korea, circa 1964
User: Mrs Monica Gates, Frankston, Victoria, Australia, circa 1964-1990
Place Depicted: Korea

Doll is intended to represent a Korean woman.

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