A Sioux beaded doll
Lot 1329
A Sioux beaded doll
Sold for US$ 12,200 inc. premium

Lot Details
A Sioux beaded doll
Clothed in an ornate fully-beaded bodice and dress bottom, decorated in conjoined diamonds, tipi motifs and crosses, her head with remains of pigment, edge-beaded, and with a horsehair coiffure, a porcelain doll arm seen below one of the fringed sleeves, wearing a printed cloth petticoat and beaded moccasins and leggings.
height 12in

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Ralph Velich Collection, Omaha, NB, sold at auction in New York in 1999

    See Hanson, James A., pp. 131-136 for review of a significant collection of Plains dolls in the Forrest Fenn Collection. Introducing that grouping, author Hanson writes: "Dolls, little tipis, miniature horses with gear, toy bows and arrows and so on, were the devices by which children acted out adult life and got ready for its drudgery and uncertainty. Some of the toys were simple, such as a cottonwood leaf rolled into a cone shape and pinned with a twig to form a tipi, or a diagonally-folded piece of cloth wrapped around a stick with one end protruding to make a doll. Yet some were lavish and painstaking recreations, in miniature, of actual objects. In the Museum of the Fur Trade at Chadron, Nebraska, is a Blackfeet bonnet, not 2 inches tall, with eagle claws for buffalo horns, and tiny eagle feathers cut from buckskin, each carefully painted with ink, imitating the real thing. Most dolls, of course, were playthings, but the Crows held certain dolls sacred for Sun Dance worship and also made miniatures as protective charms."

    Certainly the present lot reflects the latter aesthetic of a "painstaking recreation". The attention to detail in every step of the creative process during its construction not only reflects a talented and masterly hand, but speaks of a mother's love for a very fortunate child.
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