NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN, SHOSHONI TRIBE, beaded toy cradle board with commercial composition startling blue eyed doll with provenance. The board is cut in the traditional shape for the Shoshoni, then wrapped with native tanned and smoked leather, sewn with thread and then laced closed with matching leather. The hand whittled hoop or rainbow covering and protecting the baby's head (doll's) is also traditional of cradles from this area. This style of hoop is designed to keep the baby's face from being hit in the event the cradle falls forward or over while it is hanging, standing, leaning or dropped. The doll is bundled in a small blanket, does have arms and legs, but I have not removed her to see how and if she is dressed. Her hair is wrapped with leather matching the cradle. She is wearing a 3 strand necklace with the matching beads as used on the cradle and the small beaded blessing bundle tied to the side of the cradle. The bead colors are: transparent dark red, cobalt blue and opaque pumpkin yellow. The style of beading that does a small group of beads, then leaves a blank space, then another small group of beads and so on is called "skip stitch". This style is characteristic of the beadwork of the Shoshoni tribe. The back of the board has a 3 1/2" by 3 1/2" cluster of thick hand cut leather fringe thread sewn and outlined in beads.
PROVENANCE: Under the fringe, signed in ink is: "Lorena Four Souls" Shoshoni Baby Board. There is also a small letter folded and tucked into the cradle, dated 1969, in which the purchase of the cradle is documented.
CONDITION: Good! No damage or repairs that I can see.
SIZE: HEIGHT: 11", WIDEST WIDTH: 6", NARROWEST WIDTH: 1 1/2"
CIRCA: Letter is dated 1969, board may be a little older. Many times items were made with the best intentions of a daughter or grand daughter keeping them "forever", but sometimes we all need money!
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