A traditional doll from the Aran Islands

Doll from Aran Islands

This beautiful little doll comes from Inisheer on the Aran Islands. In 1939 it was handed into the folklore collections of the National Museum of Ireland, where it is now stored in Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Simply made, the body of the doll is fashioned from a single piece of timber, most likely driftwood, that was roughly shaped. Eyes are provided by two iron tacks/nails, which are hammered into the ‘face’. The doll is dressed  in a colourful woollen head-scarf, shawl and felt dress that mirrors Aran Island clothing of the 1930s (see image below). Although rudimentary in nature, it is not hard to imagine how this small doll was once a much loved toy.

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Aran Island girls from the 1930s, wearing similar clothes to the doll (source)

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One Response to A traditional doll from the Aran Islands

  1. Anna Kana August 17, 2016 at 12:28 am #

    That is one very nice stick isn’t it?

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