Miscellaneous, Doll, Pair, Navajo with Rug & Loom, Documented Provenance, Vintage, '40s, 212

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Vintage Pair of Navajo Native American Cloth Dolls and Miniature Rug Loom Frame, with partial weaving.

Sent by a friend to the previous owner, they were made in the late 1930s by Navajo women (or children) at the Granada Mission School in Granada, Arizona.  She received them from her friend in 1940, which dates the dolls to the late 1930's era.  

The Brave is 7 1/4 inches tall, dressed in black pants, an orange velvet jacket, and moccasins.  His hair is in a squash blossom knot, with a hairband. He is adorned with faux turquoise jewelry, made of beads, sequins, and faux silver, including a belt bucket decorated with conchos, necklace, buttons, and earrings. The Squaw is posed in a seated position, with a velvet top and cotton printed skirt.  She is also adorned with much jewelry and a concho belt.  The miniature rug loom has a wood frame with partial wool weaving.  Several of the small wooden dowels are broken, but could easily be replaced if desired.  Otherwise Excellent Condition, Clean, and Smoke-Free.

Hard to find a lot like this with handwritten provenance of the dolls' origin as well as tribal history and paste-down illustrations (likely taken from early Kimport catalogs) of similar dolls.

  • affiliation: Navajo
  • materials: cloth bodies with tin and seed bead embellishment, wood loom with wool and cotton weaving
  • condition:  excellent vintage condition with light oxidation and wear
  • style number: JM212
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