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Jenny Lind Doll

Object Number: 
1944.153
Date: 
1850-1880
Medium: 
Wax, textile, leather, wood, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 20 x 10 x 3 1/2 in. ( 50.8 x 25.4 x 8.9 cm )
Description: 
Doll with poured wax shoulder head, molded hair with braids coiled into bun at back and rose and leaves at each side of hair, painted eyes, and closed mouth; stuffed kid body with divided arm composed of stuffed cloth upper arm and wax lower arm, divided leg composed of stuffed kid upper leg and wooden lower leg, painted to resemble slippers; white long-sleeved dress gathered at waist with lace across top of dress and around wrists, ribbon sewn on at waist and tied at back, over plain petticoats.
Gallery Label: 
According to accession records, this doll may represent Jenny Lind. It was found in the Luther Bradish home, St. Mark's Place, New York. The donor stated that the doll was over 100 years old.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Henry G. de Meli
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group