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.

This object is part of the Dorothy Howard Collection, gathered by eminent US folklorist and scholar Dr Dorothy Howard, who visited Australia as a Fulbright fellow in 1954-55 to document and research the folklore of Australian children. The Collection primarily contains documents, photographs and objects from Australia and the United States. It is now contained with the Australian Children's Folklore Collection (ACFC), 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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