National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Nut Head Doll Nut Head Doll
Rendered by Jacob Gielens (artist), c. 1938
watercolor, graphite, and colored pencil on paperboard
overall: 34.7 x 24.6 cm (13 11/16 x 9 11/16 in.) Original IAD Object: 4 3/4" wide; 7 3/4" high
Index of American Design
1943.8.15550
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From the Tour: Dolls from the Index of American Design
Object 5 of 26

Carved nuts formed the heads of many early dolls. Different kinds of nuts were used: hazelnuts, walnuts, hickory nuts, and even cashews. These dolls were expendable and could be discarded when the children began to tire of them. This example represents a colonial gentlemen with elegant clothes and a wise expression. The doll is from Wisconsin and was made in the eighteenth century.

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