The largest group are the cloth dolls described in my post “My Oldest Doll“. They date from the 1950s to the end of the 1980s. My original ones were a mother and baby who was strapped to her back. I think they were meant to represent Chinese peasants.
This next doll is a bit of a mystery to me as well. I found him on a market stall in Adelaide.
He has a cloth body but his head, neck plate and arms are a hard material. I think it may be composition which would make him fairly old. His features are painted on. I can’t decide if his costume is original or has been replaced but the head dress I don’t believe is original as it has a long tail of what looks like blonde Barbie hair at the back. Perhaps he had a black pig tail that came off and was replaced with this. I’d love to know. Anyway I love his expression and for me that’s more important than value or even history. All my dolls have something I find loveable about them.