Alternative Name(s): Doll - German National
Donated to the Australian Children's Folklore Collection by the Embassy of the German Democratic Republic in 1990.
National doll which forms part of the Australian Children's Folklore Collection (ACFC).
The ACFC 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.

Dolls are among the most universal toys found throughout the world and through history. They can be as simple as a stick or piece of wood or as elaborate as a mechanical walking and talking doll. Children use dolls in role-playing where they learn and practise socialisation skills and adult responsibilities; they use dolls to play parts in imaginative games; they use dolls as 'comfort toys'; and they exercise their creativity in making their own dolls from materials found around the home. Ornamental dolls can also be used to represent aspects of cultural traditions, such as dress. This is a contemporary doll wearing traditional German costume.

Physical Description

Modern female German doll dressed in traditional costume. The doll has short blonde hair covered by a white lace cap. She is wearing a white blouse with lace at the neck and sleeve edges and a red floral shawl with white fringing. She has a wide black and red felt belt at the waist covered with a red ribbon. Her skirt is white with small floral print in pink, red and blue. The skirt is covered with a white lace apron. She has black shoes and short white socks. Her body is made from moulded plastic and her eyes close when she reclines. Acknowledgement: Australian Children's Folklore Collection, Museum Victoria.

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