Papier-Mâché Doll “Marietta”

Name: “Marietta”

Made by and When: Marietta Myers, 1989

Material: Papier-mâché head, shoulder plate, lower arms, and legs from the knees to the feet; stuffed brown cloth body, upper arms, and upper legs.

Marks: Signed, Marietta/Myers/89 (on head)

Height: 21 inches

Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Sculpted painted black cornrows/painted brown eyes/open mouth with six separate upper teeth

Clothes: White cotton print child’s dress tailored to fit the doll is two-tiered, has an eyelet-trimmed white half-slip; bare feet

Other: Handmade and fashioned after a late-1800s-to-early-1900s girl, this doll’s given name is unknown. It has been named after the artist, Marietta Myers. Very little information is available about the artist, who apparently has transitioned from the earth realm. According to a Facebook page devoted to Marietta Myers, the mixed media artist “worked in clay for over 35 years creating collectable figures of many types.”

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