AMAZING HAND MADE wooden articulated (moving arms & legs) group of 3 dolls. These three dolls are truly works of art! Their matching hand carved wooden faces and bodies are dressed accurately in traditional, highly realistic detail hand made clothing. They represent detailed replicas of how Inuit female family members would have dressed in the late 19th & early 20th century. These dolls were made not only as "toys" but modeled how native children were expected to dress and conduct themselves in adult life.
DOLL WITH PARKA is wearing a sealskin hooded parka trimmed in white leather with a matching front pair of white leather pockets appliqued with tiny sealskin crosses & even tinier blue squares of feathers. The long sleeved printed floral cotton shirt has a tall stand up neck collar. The above the knee red leather pants have matching sealskin seat and crotch, while the front of The leg panels have double strips of white fur with appliqued center panels of darker smooth leather strips with tiny appliqued center crosses and a tiny center red strip of leather. The true work of art is the above the knees, removable, smooth seal skin boots (kamiks). The top bands of black fur help keep out the cold. The same matching white and red smooth leather is used to create intricate applique on the front and around the cuff of the boots. The soles are rough textured skin and roll up over the foot with a leather welt to help keep the feet dry. The interior of the boot is fur lined for added warmth. A wide blue scarf is wrapped around the head and a tall human hair top knot stays hidden in the parka. This doll is reportedly from eastern Greenland, please see my new note at the bottom of the listing.
THE BABY is snuggled in his little sewn up sealskin blanket with his little hooded, long sleeved muslin jacket. He is snuggled in the fur hood of his parents parkas whenever he is outside.
DOLL WITH BEADED NECKLACE is dressed very similar to the other adult doll only minus the parka. She has a traditional blue satin blouse with a tall stand up black fur collar and matching black fur cuffs. She wears a traditional glass bead woven collar necklace with matching beaded cuffs just above the fur cuffs. Her blouse is gathered at the waist with a wide hand sewn floral nylon (?) sash. She has red smooth leather above the knee pants with sealskin seat and matching fur & smooth leather appliqued strips down the front. Her removable boots are very similar to his with a wide strip of fur, followed by a reinforced knee band of smooth white leather with tiny red and green leather applique. They each have a reinforced "V" or "U" panel just below with more tiny leather applique. The front reinforced panels of her boots repeat the tiny leather applique, again reinforcing the boot seams to keep out water. Her boot color is more of a faded olive and again has the rough leather soles with roll up seams. Her human hair is pulled up in a top knot and is wrapped with blue fabric and string. She also has a wide black fabric head wrap. This doll is reportedly from southern Greenland, please see my new note at the bottom of the listing.
SPECIAL NOTE: All three are carved from the same type of wood and do not have oil, stain or finish applied.
CONDITION: Excellent on all three! Light natural fading and very tiny spots of fur missing. No breaks, tears, repairs or damage that I can see. First doll with parka came with a stand around the waist (under the parka) and I have left it out of fear of ripping the parka trying to take if off, so I am including two doll stands. I see tiny stitching on all the applique, nothing is glued. The first doll's boots do not stay on when you hold it up. The second doll's boots are secure. Every piece of their clothing is totally hand sewn. Amazing detail!
SIZE: Parka Doll: 15" Tall (top of boot to top of parka) by 4 3/4" wide (hand to hand): Necklace Doll: 14 1/2" Tall (top of boot to top of hair) by 4 3/4" wide (hand to hand): Baby: 3 3/4" Tall (Top of hood to bottom of bag) by 3 1/4" wide (arm to arm).
CIRCA: 1900 to 1930's
PLEASE NOTE: I received some information after my initial posting. A collector of Greenland material was kind enough to let me know that both adult dolls are females, just from two different areas of Greenland. In my research I found descriptions of babies being snuggled into the father's parka and assumed this was a family and the doll with the parka was the father. I have added the two regions to the descriptions of the dolls. If you prefer them to be a family (which is how we have always thought of them and displayed them) I understand. Just appreciated the information and want to pass any knowledge on to the purchaser.
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