Early 1900s Antique North India Middle East Sirwal Pants Cms Mission Doll
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Early 1900s Antique North India Middle East Sirwal Pants Cms Mission Doll:
Antique North India Turkey Middle East Doll Sirwal CMS Mission 1900 Handmade. Condition is Used. Shipped with USPS Priority Mail.
"This doll represents a man from north India and may date to about 1900. It is made of brown cotton cloth, stuffed and embellished with handmade clothing including the sirwal, very thin yarn like hair, jacket with midriff cover, necklace, and hand-stitched brown leather shoes. The shiny jacket with glass buttons opens to show the pink cotton shirt and white pants. Note the unusual construction of the hand. Measures 7v1/2 " (24 cm) tall."
This doll is not marked and was found to match with other similar dolls made in India by women of the CMS online. The Church Mission Society (CMS), founded in 1799 and formerly known as the Church Missionary Society, is a British mission society working with Christian denominations around the world.
This doll has been carefully stored for many years. It may have minor damage consistent with age as shown in photos.
"Here is some information on the provenance of the collection which may help with the age and source of the dolls. Great grandmother "Noni" was born in Scotland in the 1860's, attended the University of California at Berkeley in the 1880's, went to Europe to study for a time, and then married and returned to Princeton, New Jersey. Her sister and brother were both missionaries in China and India, and when Noni visited them she brought back souvenir dolls. Others in the family also traveled and brought back dolls, so there is a wide variety of unusual dolls in the collection. Noni died in 1953, so we expect all dolls date prior to the early 1950's, and some are much older. The dolls were finally inherited by the great granddaughter who was born in 1947."