Doll - National, Germany Object Reg. No: SH 990124

Alternative Name(s): Doll - German National
Donated to the Australian Children's Folklore Collection by the Embassy of the German Democratic Republic in 1990.
National doll which forms part of the Australian Children's Folklore Collection (ACFC).
The ACFC is unique in Australia, documenting contemporary children's folklore across Australia and in other countries reaching back to the 1870s. The Collection has a strong component of research material relating to Victoria.

Dolls are among the most universal toys found throughout the world and through history. They can be as simple as a stick or piece of wood or as elaborate as a mechanical walking and talking doll. Children use dolls in role-playing where they learn and practise socialisation skills and adult responsibilities; they use dolls to play parts in imaginative games; they use dolls as 'comfort toys'; and they exercise their creativity in making their own dolls from materials found around the home. Ornamental dolls can also be used to represent aspects of cultural traditions, such as dress. This is a contemporary doll wearing traditional German costume.
Modern female German doll dressed in traditional costume. The doll has short blonde hair covered by a white lace cap. She is wearing a white blouse with lace at the neck and sleeve edges and a red floral shawl with white fringing. She has a wide black and red felt belt at the waist covered with a red ribbon. Her skirt is white with small floral print in pink, red and blue. The skirt is covered with a white lace apron. She has black shoes and short white socks. Her body is made from moulded plastic and her eyes close when she reclines. Acknowledgement: Australian Children's Folklore Collection, Museum Victoria.
Acquisition Information:
Cultural Gifts Donation from Dr June Factor, 1999
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 36.00 cm (Height), 12.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: children s folklore, cultural traditions, dolls, german communities, german immigration, souvenirs, traditional costumes, making history - australian childrens folklore
Themes this item is part of: Australian Children's Folklore Collection, Childhood & Youth Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Cultural Diversity Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity - Clothing
Tertiary Classification: national dolls
Place & Date Made: Germany, by 1990

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