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[Bahia doll]

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cloth, gold, plastic, straw
This doll, from Bahia in Brazil, is a souvenir-sized depiction of traditional Brazilian folk dress. The costume worn by the doll displays some of the traditional styles and colors worn in Brazilian folkloric tradition; this particular doll's costume is that of a 19th century slave girl.
Dolls in Bahia play an important role in candomble culture, and may be used as offerings to, or representations of, various orisha. This doll is typical of the handmade dolls of the late-19th and early-to-mid 20th centuries, and has cotton or linen clothing; embroidered features; foil ornamentation; and fingernails made from quills or cellulose.
Dr. Turner bought it for his wife during his travels in Brazil in the early 1940s.
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