National doll produced to represent an Argentinian man. It was given to Monica Gates circa1960s by friends or family who had visited South America. The doll was made by the Spanish doll maker Marín Chiclana, which was founded in 1928 by D. José Marín. The factory makes artisan dolls designing everything from the hair style to the face decoration, and for many years each doll was designed by the founder´s daughter Ana Marín.

The Gates collection contains 170 national dolls from 74 different countries and some correspondence relating to the acquisition of several of the dolls. The costumes of the dolls represent national costumes from the 19th Century to the 1990s. Monica Gates collected or was given these dolls between 1957 and 1990.

These dolls were purchased as souvenirs of particular countries and like many mass produced souvenirs they are often not accurate representations of a particular country or region, and may actually better reflect neighbouring counties or regions. This occurs because costumes are often stylised and simplified resulting dolls wearing generic costume elements which are common to many countries/regions. Often the fabrics and decorations used are selected to make the dolls cheap and easy to manufacture and aesthetically pleasing. This can result in the fabrics, colours and decorations of the doll's clothing having little or no reflection of the costume associated with a particular country or region they are meant to be representative of.

Physical Description

Male doll standing, holding a pole. He wears a black hat and vest with a red waist band and white pants. Over his shoulder is a scarf with green, yellow, blue and red stripes.

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