MOJAVE RED ON BUFF DOLL circa 1880
More than any other Mojave pottery form, collectors have prized Mojave dolls. This is a typical anatomically explicit 19th century one. The Mojaves made big, plain utilitarian pieces and, for their own amusement, made dolls and quirky jars until the trains came through and the tourist trade began. Shortly, the traders around Needles convinced Mojave potters that what the tourists really wanted were nice teacups, dishes and cream pitchers, an much of post-1890 Mojave pottery has European shpes. This fellow originally had a full complement of clothing and bead earrings and necklace, not to mention legs. What's left of him appears on page 117 of our Second Edition of Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni and on page 141 of our The Desert Southwest, Four Thousand Years of Life and Art.
3-1/4" wide x 2" deep x 6-3/4" high
No restoration or touchup. He is what he is.