Summary

Alternative Name(s): Bush Child's Doll

Wooden doll made by a Liberian man for his daughter some time between1950 and 1959. The little girl carried the doll in a rag sling on her back (as her mother had carried her as a baby). A USA Peace Corps participant bought the doll in the 1950s, paid the child and paid the father to make her another doll. The doll was then passed onto children's folklore researcher Dorothy Howard. It forms part of the Dorothy Howard Collection, which is incorporated within Museum Victoria's Australian Children's Folklore Collection.

The Australian Children's Folklore Collection is unique in Australia, documenting contemporary children's folklore across Australia and in other countries reaching back to the 1870s. The Collection has a strong component of research material relating to Victoria.

Physical Description

Length of wood with rounded sides and a narrow vertical panel whittled out of one side. Five long plaits made from an unknown fibre hang down from the top of the wood.

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