National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Doll Doll
Rendered by Bertha Semple (artist), c. 1937
watercolor, graphite, and gouache on paper
overall: 35.7 x 28.1 cm (14 1/16 x 11 1/16 in.) Original IAD Object: 13 1/2" high
Index of American Design
1943.8.15415
Not on View
From the Tour: Dolls from the Index of American Design
Object 7 of 26

Handmade dolls were among the many crafts produced by people of the Spanish colonial southwest. This rag doll, possibly dating from 1795, was made by a California Indian woman for the original owner, a Mrs. Villa. The doll may be seen as an Indian's interpretation of Spanish colonial women. In the early days of the United States, southwest arts and crafts were often the work of Indian artisans.

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