This is an early antique carved wood folk art seated doll, possibly a rustic church figure based on the remnants of gold colored paint on the hair. The doll is 20" tall in a fixed seated position. He or she would be closer to 25" tall if it could stand. There is a hole on the underside of the bottom where it was once mounted on something. lower arms are wood with stuffed linen cloth upper arms pinned at the shoulder to the torso. I have supplied an antique white cotton nightshirt to cloth him. It could be the base for more angelic raiment.
Condition: There is considerable paint loss overall. There are gaps at wood joints. Cloth arms are a replacement.
I love the way wood ages over great periods of time. The character it develops is irreplaceable, and to my eyes far lovelier than smooth new perfection. I find this rustic fellow very appealing. I hope you also can appreciate him with all flaws intact.
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“All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost." - J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring