Alternative Name(s): Doll - Male
Donated to the Australian Children's Folklore Collection by Sylvia Brover, Melbourne, 1985.
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 Moldavian doll is wearing traditional costume for men.

Physical Description

Small male doll dressed in traditional Moldavian, former USSR, costume. The body of the doll is made from plastic material. The face has large dark eyes, a small round nose and a big white beard and moustache. The doll is dressed in a fluffy black hat, off-white trousers and shirt from coarse cloth, a red and white striped cummerbund with a tie hanging down at the side, a navy blue felt vest, light green socks and brown plastic shoes with turned up toes. He is designed to stand, with one arm slightly outstretched and the other bent at the elbow. Acknowledgement: Australian Children's Folklore Collection, Museum Victoria.

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