Jordanian (?) woman

Front view
Front view

General description: This doll represents a Jordanian (?) woman carrying a water jar on her shoulder standing on a thin wooden block.

Dimensions 18.5 x 9 x 5 cm (wooden block 0.5 x 8.5 x 5 cm)

Date when acquired 2000s

Original Date Unknown

Source Flea market in the Bochum area. Present from Fritz W.


Back view
Back view


Pottery head, arms and legs. The body appears to be made of stuffed material (it feels like it). The facial features have been painted on. Her black hair is tightly plaited in two long plaits tied with pink threads.

The wooden block is painted back and is covered with dark blue velvet.


Side view
Side view


She is wearing a purple silk long-sleeved blouse. Over this she has a tightly wound ankle-length pink silk skirt that from the back is drawn up from a point at the hem to cover her head and then falls over her right shoulder to fall down to a point below her hip. The material is edged in gold braid. Around her head is a piece of gold and purple braid which keeps her shawl tight to her head. A similar piece of braid is around her neck. Her feet appear to be bare.



A large water pot made of unglazed red clay is carried on her left shoulder.


Background information

Fritz was told she came from Jordan but I am not 100% sure as I have not been able to find anything like her clothing under Jordan. Certainly, she is a lovely example of a Middle Eastern woman. See Jordan: General information.


Source(s) of information

See Jordan: General information.

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2 thoughts on “Jordanian (?) woman

  1. Funny that we haven’t seen any local woman walking on the street so I cannot comment much on this if this is true or not. Perhaps in the old days but who knows? 😉

    1. Thanks very much for your comment. You may be quite right, that is why there is a question mark in the title. When Fritz bought the doll, the stall owner said she was from Jordan but I have not found anything like this during my research. I have also looked around the Middle East cultures to see if anything looks like it and found nothing similar – the tightness of the skirt and drawing up of the shawl over the head and shoulder are rather special. Apparently, so-called national costume dolls can have fantasy costumes on, maybe this lovely little doll is one of them. One of my hopes in blogging my dolls is to learn more about them.

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