Clay doll

North America | U.S.A.

Clay doll

U.S.A.

Mojave
Southwest, U.S.A.

Clay, pigments, beads and fabrics
Early 20th century
Height: 6 ½ in. (16.5 cm )

Ex collection Cowboys & Indians Antiques, Albuquerque, années 1990
Ex private collection, France

Illustrated in American Indian Art magazine, winter 1998

Mojave Doll 6.5 cm / Galerie Flak Price on request
The land of the Mojave, the most northern of the Yuman tribes, stretched from Black Canyon to the Picacho Mountains below today's Parker Dam (near the border between California and Arizona border), straddling the Colorado River. In the 16th century, by the time the Spanish arrived in the territory, the Mojave were the largest concentration of people in the Southwest.
Ceramic was considered a woman's art. Unlike utilitarian ceramics, Mojave effigies and dolls were painted brightly, and were modeled from unfired clay.
As stated by the Portland Museum of Art, in the 19th and 20th centuries, the Mojave, or Aha Macav ("people who live along the river") continued a long tradition of pottery-making, adapting their styles to an evolving demand.
The earliest clay doll was documented in 1854. The dolls appear to have been rare at that time, but they became popular items once the railroad came to Needles in 1883.

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