Early Wooden Doll with Shell Costume

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7" (18 cm.) Carved wooden egg-shaped head with elongated throat,painted facial features and black pate,posed upon a painted tin base with attached very elaborate costume of tiny painted shells,to simulate a gown,apron,and large rounded bonnet. Condition: reglue on right arm,some typical chipping of shells. Comments: early 19th century. Value Points: very imaginative use of shells to construct intricate gown and accessories,the bonnet of particularly amusing construction.
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