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Wooden Doll Head


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Nom de l'objet : Wooden Doll Head
Artiste ou artisan : Granny Harris
Type de l'objet : doll
Classification de l'objet : man-made artefact
Catégorie de l'objet : recreational artefact
Sous-catégorie de l'objet : doll
Discipline : art
local history
material culture
Matériaux : wood
paint
Technique de fabrication : carving
painting
Numéro de catalogue : 1996.WE.MA.05
Province d'origine : pre-confederation Newfoundland
Newfoundland and Labrador
Pays d'origine : Canada
Dominion of Newfoundland
Continent d'origine : North America
Province d'utilisation : pre-confederation Newfoundland
Newfoundland and Labrador
Pays d'utilisation : Canada
Dominion of Newfoundland
Culture : Inuit
Secteur géo-culturel : North America
Contexte culturel : child's toy
Date de début de production : c 1917
Date de fin de production : c 1920s
Période : early 20th century
Description : This artefact is a hand carved wooden dolls head. The dolls head was carved by an Inuit woman in Makkovik in the early 20th century. The head is constructed of a wood with a fairly wide grain and is round in shape with shallow carved facial features. The nose has been broken off the item. The doll head was originally painted and has evidence of use, given that large sections of the paint have been warn away. Enough paint remains to establish that the face had a skin tone, with a pink used for the lips and cheeks. The eyes, eye brows, and hair were brown in colour. The neck flares out into an unfinished disk shape that is very uneven and show signs of cut marks. This section of the artefact was not meant to be seen and was originally covered by a fabric body, which has long since degraded.
Commentaires : This doll was carved by an Inuit woman by the name of Hannah Harris from Nain. Many Moravian documents describe a strong doll making tradition among the Inuit of Labrador. The dolls are often describe as being carved from scraps of wood and clad in clothes made by young girls. The practice of constructing such a doll and its clothing gave a young Inuit woman the skills she required later in life. It is unknown how long the doll making tradition has been in Inuit society, but it is a tradition that is considered to extend back many centuries.
Fonctions : Hannah Harris, or Granny Harris as she was known, came to Makkovik from Nain. She worked for the Moravian Mission during the term of Rev. Lenz. Andrea Andersen, the dolls owner, also worked at the Mission for a time. Granny Harris carved the doll for Andrea sometime around 1917.
Hauteur : 15.5
Largeur : 9
Unité de mesure linéaire : cm
Nombre d'objets : 1
Nombre de parties composantes : 1
Nom des parties composantes : head
Objets associés : 1999.WE.MA.01.a
1999.WE.MA.01.b
also see 1999.WE.MA.01
Établissement : White Elephant Museum Inc. 
Ville de l'établissement : Makkovik
Province de l'établissement : Newfoundland and Labrador

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