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Doll - Liberian, circa 1950-1959 Object Reg. No: SH 990121

Alternative Name(s): Bush Child's Doll

Wooden doll made by a Liberian man for his daughter some time between1950 and 1959. The little girl carried the doll in a rag sling on her back (as her mother had carried her as a baby). A USA Peace Corps participant bought the doll in the 1950s, paid the child and paid the father to make her another doll. The doll was then passed onto children's folklore researcher Dorothy Howard. It forms part of the Dorothy Howard Collection, which is incorporated within Museum Victoria's Australian Children's Folklore Collection.

The Australian Children's Folklore Collection 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.
Wooden bush-child's doll from Liberia. The doll is a cylindrical piece of wood, unfinished, with a narrow vertical panel whittled out of one side. This is to represent the face of the doll. Five long plaits made from hair hang down from the top of the doll.
Acquisition Information:
Cultural Gifts Donation from Dr June Factor, 1999
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 21.50 cm (Height), 4.00 cm (Width), 4.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: children s folklore, cultural traditions, dolls, crafts, woodworking, making do
Themes this item is part of: Australian Children's Folklore Collection, Dr Dorothy Howard (1902-1996), Childhood & Youth Collection, Cultural Diversity Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection
Primary Classification: GAMES & TOYS
Secondary Classification: Dolls
Tertiary Classification: wood
Place & Date Made: Liberia, 1950-1959
Place & Date Used: Liberia, 1950-1959

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