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By Nadine Stotts
Sweetwater County Historical Museum 

Artifact of the month: The papier mâché doll


December 6, 2017

This display of the month is a doll with a papier mâché head and leather body possibly from the 1870s-1890s.

She is wearing a red cotton dress and lying in a Victorian wicker doll carriage.

Papier mâché has its origins in China, where the invention of paper itself comes from. The interest of papier mâché spread from China to Japan and Persia.

It was used in mask making and festival activities and eventually spread around the world. Papier mâché dolls are made of paper pulp plus other substances. The earliest dolls were individually handmade. It was around 1810 that it was discovere...

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