The precise origin of this doll is not known. The schematic features and stumpy arms suggest a central Inuit attribution, and it probably formerly had a full fur costume, as shown in Turner (1894: 258; see also examples from Cumberland Sound in Boas, 1888: 571). A split up the body has been arrested by a large iron nail through the hips.
Steven Hooper, 1997
Entry taken from Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection, Vol. 2: Pacific, African and Native North American Art, edited by Steven Hooper (Yale University Press, 1997) p. 258.
Purchased by the Sainsbury Centre, University of East Anglia from Arbutus Limited on the advice of Robert Sainsbury in 1980 out of income from the Sainsbury Purchasing Fund.
Not on display
Object Type: Figure
Measurements: h. 200 x w. 40 x d. 26 mm
Accession Number: 731
Historic Period: 19th century
Cultural Group: Inuit
Credit Line: Purchased with support from Robert and Lisa Sainsbury, 1980