Slovakia: Corn husk doll

Front view
Front view

General description: A typical corn husk doll known as šúpolienky (or also šúpolky or šúpolové bábiky) with a broom.

Dimensions 11 x 5.5 x 4.5 cm

Date when acquired 2000s

Original Date Unknown

Source Flea market in Bochum. Present form Fritz W.


Back view
Back view


The body, clothing and hands of the doll are all made of corn husks. Her head and neck is made of wood. Her brown hair is made of wool.



She has a long broad-skirted dress with large leg of lamb sleeves. A scarf is tied around her head.


Side view
Side view


She is holding a broom made of twigs in her hands.


Background information

Slovakian corn husk dolls are traditional dolls made of dry corn husks (in Slovak šúpolie). They were originally made around the 1950s and their purpose was – and still is – to be sold as souvenirs. The average height is ca. 14 cm, though occasionally bigger or smaller ones are also produced. They usually show villagers during work. Sometimes other materials are also added, such as twigs, baste or cloth.

See also corn husk dolls

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