6 1/2" Navajo doll, stuffed cloth with hand painted features. She wool hair is in long braids, and she wears clothing made of coarse woven cotton.
These dolls were sold by Navajo women to tourists in the 1930's and early 1940's. At that time, motor travel to the western US was a dream vacation for those who could afford it. Native Americans often sold hand made items for a little extra money - inexpensive then, these goods are now recognized as true folk art pieces.
This doll has obviously been loved and enjoyed. Her clothing is faded and discolored, and one foot is damaged. A doll like this might have been a Navajo girl's toy or enjoyed by a young tourist.
This doll is part of a large collection of dolls from around the world. The former owner collected these over the course of many decades, from her travels or the travels of friends and family. They date from the 1930's to about 1979. She kept a record of the year and place of acquisition, so we are able to identify most of these dolls. We would like to find new homes for all these dolls, and are happy to combine shipping and to consider offers for multiple purchases.