Name:  Ayoka

Made by and When:  Annette Himstedt, 1989

Material:  Vinyl head, breastplate that extends to the waist, full arms, and legs to upper thighs; brown stuffed cloth lower body that is string-attached to the lower breastplate, cloth upper legs and thighs

Marks: (Head) Ayoka / Annette Himstedt©1989; (lower back incised at the bottom of the breastplate) Annette Himstedt©; (white cloth body tag sewn to the body) ©Annette Himstedt 1989 / Mattel, Inc. / Hawthorne, CA 90250 U.S.A. / MADE IN SPAIN / ALL NEW MATERIALS / Consisting of polyester fiber / Reg. No. PA-60

Height: 27 inches

Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Brown human hair wig styled in multiple braids with bead accents and straight wispy bangs, brown glass eyes with human hair upper and lower eyelashes, closed mouth with dark lip color

Clothes: Turquoise dress with a yellow bodice, sleeves, and underskirt; white cotton eyelet-trimmed half-slip, white cotton eyelet-trimmed underpants. All articles of clothing bear the Annette Himstedt© cloth tag.

Accessories: A red, a white, and a green flat-disc-strung necklace; one red and one white beaded bracelet and a white beaded anklet; the bracelets and anklets have gold-tone ring clasp closures.

Other: Made in Spain and part of the Reflections of Youth series, Ayoka represents a little girl from Africa. The neck is jointed and the legs are bent at the knees.



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One thought on “Ayoka

  1. Posting on behalf of MLG, who could not post this comment and emailed it to the curator instead. Thank you for your comment, MLG.


    “When a doll is as appealing as is she, her sweet, very expressive face speaks to one’s heart as though she were a child. She is very beautiful and seems to have an inner life.” —MLG


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