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.
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.
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.
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.