Izannah Walker/Martha Chase-Style Doll

Name: Izannah Walker/Martha Chase-Style Doll

Made by and When: Svetlana Lukina, 2017

Material: Papier-mâché head, arms, and legs, cloth body, and sheepskin hair

Marks: The artist’s signature is on the back of the papier-mâché breast plate. The hangtag reads, Izannah Walker reproduction dolls by Svetlana Lukina. (The artist’s contact information is also included on the hangtag.)

Height: 18 inches

Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Brown sheepskin hair, brown realistically painted eyes, closed mouth.

Clothes: The main color of the exquisitely sewn dress is peach.  The headwrap matches the fabric used for the bodice of the dress. The overskirt of the dress is multicolored with a gold and black brocade ribbon at the waist.  A lace-trimmed off-white undergarment and accessories of handmade beaded earrings, necklace, and anklet complete her costume.

Artist’s Description: This sweet 18-inch girl is made using the technology of Martha Chase and Izannah Walker dolls. Natural fabrics are used. The head is made of papier-mâché and covered with silk knitting. The hair is made of natural sheepskin. Beads made of natural stone and glass are very old. The clothes are made of natural materials. Clothes can be removed and washed.

Other:  Svetlana Lukina is a Russian artist who enjoys making dolls using the combination styles of Izannah Walker and Martha Chase. See the Related Links section below the gallery photos.

Named Layla by the curator, which means dark beauty, this doll is the 4th black doll made by the artist.  Layla has ethnically correct facial features, sculpted ears and individually stitched fingers and toes.


Related Links

Who is Izannah Walker?

Example of a Black Izannah Walker Doll

Example of a Black Martha Chase Doll


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Published by DeeBeeGee

Doll collector, historian, co-founder of the first e-zine devoted to collecting black dolls; author of black-doll reference books, doll blogs, and doll magazine articles.

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