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Antique Chinese Mission Doll Door Of Hope Carved Wood Child For Sale
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ANTIQUE CHINESE Mission Doll DOOR OF HOPE Carved WOOD Child
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THIS DOLL IS FROM THE 1920'S DOOR OF HOPE MISSION IN SHANGHAI....SHE MEASURES 7 1/4" TALL..THE CLOTHES RAE ALL ORIGINAL...THE HAIR IS A BIT MESSY...NO DAMAGE TO THE WOOD....FROM A SMOKE FREE HOME....
THE DOOR OF HOPE MISSION FIRST OPENED IN 1901. A PROTESTANT MISSION, IT WAS NOT ASSOCIATED WITH ANY SPECIFIC DENOMINATION AND RECEIVED LITTLE FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM CHURCHES. INSTEAD, IT RECEIVED ITS PRIMARY FUNDING FROM CHARITABLE GROUPS SUCH AS THE SHANGHAI ROTARY CLUB AND THE AMERICAN WOMEN’S CLUB, AS WELL AS THE SHANGHAI MUNICIPAL COUNCIL AND DONATIONS FROM RESIDENTS OF SHANGHAI. THE MISSION BEGAN IN A SINGLE RENTED HOUSE BUT GREW TO INCLUDE FIVE SEPARATE “HOMES”—THE RECEIVING HOME, FIRST YEAR HOME, INDUSTRIAL HOME, CHILDREN’S REFUGE, LOVE SCHOOL AND HOSPITAL; HERE, ANYWHERE FROM 125 TO 200 GIRLS WERE SHELTERED. MOST GIRLS STAYED ABOUT TWO YEARS, GAINING SELF-ESTEEM AND SKILLS THAT WOULD MAKE THEM SELF-SUPPORTING. SOME CHOSE TO STAY AND HELP OTHER GIRLS; OTHERS WENT ON TO PURSUE THEIR FUTURES.
AT THE MISSION THE GIRLS WERE TAUGHT READING, WRITING AND MATH, AS WELL AS PERSONAL HYGIENE. THEY LEARNED TO SEW, EMBROIDER AND KNIT. THE FIRST CHALLENGE WAS FOR EACH GIRL TO MAKE HER OWN GEE-BA, A CHINESE GARMENT, AND THEN TO MAKE CLOTH SHOES. IN 1909, AT THE AGE OF 17, PEARL BUCK, DAUGHTER OF PRESBYTERIAN MISSIONARIES AND KNOWN TO US AS A PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR, BRIEFLY VOLUNTEERED AS A TEACHER AT THE MISSION, INSTRUCTING GIRLS IN KNITTING AND EMBROIDERY. IN 1910 PEARL ENTERED THE RANDOLPH MACON WOMAN’S COLLEGE. AFTER GRADUATING SHE RETURNED TO CHINA WHERE SHE SPENT MOST OF HER LIFE AND WENT ON TO WRITE ABOUT CHINESE LIFE IN NOVELS SUCH AS THE GOOD EARTH, FOR WHICH SHE WON A PULITZER PRIZE.
DURING THEIR FIRST YEAR IN THE MISSION, YOUNG WOMEN WERE TAUGHT TO DRESS THE DOOR OF HOPE MISSION DOLLS. THEY WERE PAID FOR DRESSING THE WOODEN DOLLS, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, IN THE PROCESS THEY ALSO LEARNED TO APPRECIATE AND BE PROUD OF THEIR CHINESE HERITAGE. THE DOLLS WERE DESIGNED TO BE DRESSED IN THE TRADITIONAL COSTUMES OF THE CHINESE PEOPLE. THE DOLL HEADS WERE CARVED OF PEAR WOOD BY LOCAL CARVERS AND ATTACHED TO CLOTH BODIES, WHICH WERE STUFFED WITH COTTON. SOME DOLLS CAME WITH CARVED HANDS, OTHERS WITH NO HANDS AT ALL. AFTER 1914, SOME OF THE DOLLS HAD FEET OR SHOES OF CARVED WOOD. THE HEADS WERE SIMPLY PAINTED WITH COLOR ADDED ONLY TO THE HAIR, EYES, BROWS AND LIPS. SINCE THEY WERE INDIVIDUALLY CARVED, NO TWO ARE EXACTLY ALIKE; EACH HEAD IS UNIQUE. THEIR COSTUMES WERE COMPLETELY MADE BY HAND IN TINY, CAREFULLY EXECUTED STITCHES. MOST OF THE CLOTHING COULD BE REMOVED, AND THE DOLLS WERE AUTHENTICALLY DRESSED IN WHITE COTTON UNDERWEAR BEFORE ADDING THE OUTER GARMENTS. THE DOLLS MEASURED 12 INCHES OR MORE FOR AN ADULT, AROUND 8 INCHES FOR A CHILD AND 6½ INCHES FOR A BABY OR OTHER SMALL CHILD. THE EARLY DOLLS ARE USUALLY A LITTLE TALLER THAN THEIR LATER COUNTERPARTS. BY MOST COUNTS THERE ARE 25 RECOGNIZED MODELS REPRESENTING A VARIED CROSS SECTION OF CHINESE LIFE.
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Antique Chinese Mission Doll Door Of Hope Carved Wood Child: $512