Monday, January 28, 2013
Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Frozen Charlottes and All Bisque Dolls, also Penny...: Here is a link from The Doll Works whttp://www.thedollworks.net/items.asp?cg=%7BCE240055-101C-44CB-89B5-395765919496%7Dith great pictures...
Early dolls of this era come in many varieites. Materials include carton, wax, and wood covered in gesso. Some of the so called Queen Anne dolls of wood covered over in gesso with cloth joints are really Georgian dolls from the early 19th century. There were also dolls of cloth, and various native materials like leather and cornhusks. There were Native American dolls of many kinds, and these are well represented in works by Carl Fox [The Doll] and Max Von Boehn, [Dolls and puppets].
Welcome New Follower! We now have 11, and I am very pleased to make your acquaitance. Please feel free to comment on our posts, and to visit our other blog about dolls, Dr. E's Doll Museum. New tidbit; for those interested in mechanical dolls and robots, check out Mystery Hunters, which was on yesterday morning on LWN TV. They talked about Neanderthal people, and robots. Both interesting topics.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Welcome with all our heart! You may also like our other blogs, including Dr. E's Doll Museum at wwwwdollmuseum.blogspot.com. For those interested in further sociological study of dolls and doll play, look up on Google Books Granville Stanley Hall's 1897 treatise, A Study of Dolls. It is a free book and very informative. I'd like to write a little bit about "magic" and dolls. To get a background and understand the importance of magic in early civilizations, read David Abrams' essay "The Ecology of Magic" in the Norton Anthology of Nature Literature. Abrams marries well the concepts of artifact importance with spirituality and nature worship. Like the Goddess figures addressed in one of our earlier blogs, other dolls and human figurines were sacred objects, sometimes imbued by their makers with spiritual powers, which later societies translate as "magic" or even "voodoo." While little Puritan children did have pastimes and toys despite the rigidiy of their upbringing, dolls or poppets were often associated with black magic, anf thus seriously frowned upon. I think there is a scene in one of the televised versions of The Crucible where a doll figures in damning an accused witch. Voodoo dolls are legendary for the evil they can allegedly perpertrate in the wrong hands, and Carl Fox in The Doll pitures a two headed, topsy turvy hex doll, once in the Mary Merrit museum, which I actually bid on when the museum as auctioned. Alas, I lost. I thought my bid would win, never dreaming of the interest in this type of object. Max von Boehn devotes entire chapters to the doll as magic/ritual figure, and and also addresses the doll as an object of ancestral worship in various Asian and African societies. A study of the Asian Immortals would be relevant here.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Dr. E's Doll Museum Blog: Portraits of some of The Museum Residents: These are all faces of The Museum from our collection; my husband took most of the photos, and more of his work is at Milanipc.com. Thanks ...