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Rare Pair of Wood Matched Seminole Dolls

Rare Pair of Wood Matched Seminole Dolls


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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Americas: American Indian: Handiwork: Pre 1930: Item # 1368356

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1920-1940s Later Commercial Carved/Dressed Doll (Fabric must be old) After the Seminole villages opened, more of the carved/dressed wooden dolls would have been sold. The female doll would be carved all in one piece with a cylindrical body with small-attached moveable arms or no arms. The detailed doll is carved and painted with great care. Rare female doll has carved legs and breasts. The primitive carved female is carved with less detail and only has black paint to emphasize the facial features. In early female dolls (1920-1930) the hair would be usually be painted bun. But later dolls (1930s-1940s) could have carved painted bun, rolled or cardboard hairstyle. The cape on the female detailed/primitive doll would be short or long, but the primitive dolls could have unusual variations on the cape. The variations could include shawl-like capes wrapped around the shoulders of the doll or capes open in the front. The skirt in detailed dolls usually includes the hip ruffle. Calico is usually present in both early dolls. Some dolls have blouses under the cape. There would be colored bands on the skirt with the addition of a few colored strips. Later dolls (1930s-1940s) would have more bands, strips, and patchwork. The major Seminole museums in Florida do not have a matched pair of wooden Seminole dolls. These are an extreme rarity. Female doll 11" height x 2 1/2" width across the shoulders ,Male doll 12" height x 3" width across the shoulders