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Object Name: Doll
Place of Origin: Mozambique
Materials Used: Gourd, fabric, leather, beads, thread
Dimensions: D: 8.0 cm, H: 19.0 cm (D: 3.1 in, H: 7.4 in)
Credit line and Accession Number: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Dorothy M. Cordry in memory of Donald B. Cordry. X86.1475
Collected in Portuguese East Africa before its independence, this gourd doll is probably a girl’s plaything. The artist wrapped the gourd with cloth, strung beads around its neck, and pyro-engraved a charming face.
Source: Cameron, Elisabeth L. (1996) “Isn’t S/He a Doll?”, Los Angeles, UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History. page 92.