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National Doll - Greek, circa 1978 Object Reg. No: SH 940184

Summary:
National Doll produced to represent a Greek woman, it was given to Monica Gates, circa 1978. Women's folk costumes in Greece are comprised of several basic elements: shirt and skirt or dress, apron, head covering either a head scarf, hat or both, stockings and shoes. Colour, ornamentation, fabrics and the style of individual items are used to denote regional differences. The lack of an apron and decorated coat/overdress, suggest the doll is dressed to represent a well-off woman or one in her best clothing.

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.
Description:
Female doll painted black shoes and red socks. White under- pants with a cream lace border. The lady wears a full length dress with long sleeves (cream colour, blue crosses and blue ovals painted on it.) Over the dress is a topcoat ( slightly shorter ) in red cotton with embroidery around the border (red and gold) painted decoration in the front corner of the coat. Around the waist is a silver belt with a gold flower button. The lady has red synthetic hairs, tucked together in her neck and wears a red round cap with a yellow strip. Over this is a very fine veil.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 19.00 cm (Height), 4.50 cm (Width), 12.50 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: Identity: Yours, Mine, Ours, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 2011-2021, Childhood & Youth Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity - Clothing
Tertiary Classification: national dolls
Place Made: Greece, circa 1978
User: Mrs Monica Gates, Victoria, Australia, circa 1978-1990s
Other Association (See Comments): Greece

Doll is intended to represent a Greek woman in traditional dress

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