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3 Vintage Native American Indian Cloth Dolls, 1 Seminole & 2 Navajo
This is a trio of small native American Indian dolls, 1 Seminole and 2 Navajo. They range in size from 4.75" for the little Seminole doll made from palm fiber, up to 9" for the tallest Navajo lady doll. The middle size doll is 7 tall.
The Seminole doll has the typical stump body made from a roll of palm fiber stitched together, with simple embroidered facial features. She is dressed in a 2 tiered dress made from strips of brightly colored fabric, a beaded necklace wound several times around her neck, and a black hat with deep brim. She is in good condition.
The middle sized Navajo doll is the most detailed , with nicely made red shoes, bound legs, 2 layers of skirts, shawl, silver and turquoise bead details that include necklace, earrings, and belt buckle, and black wool hair. Her face is drawn in dark ink and the nose is defined by a couple of stitches. Sheis in good condition.
The tallest doll has a simpler cloth body and no under garments or footwear. She is dressed in a skirt and tunic top with home made concho belt and 'silver' with turquoise bead buttons. Her hair is black wool yarn. She has skillfully drawn facial features. Condition is overall good but her concho belt is coming apart.
I estimate that these dolls date from circa mid 20th century. They are nice examples of the vintage American Indian crafted dolls that have been sold as tourist products to support the Indians.
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