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Doll, made from scraps of materials found by a girl and turned into a doll figure. Includes orange fabric scraps for a dress and split cane for the limbs. The hair may be wool or human hair. The doll was made as a gift for Diana Powell-Cotton, who travelled through Somalia for 10 months on her own in 1934-35. The doll was made in her likeness.


Built by the headman of the homestead the model is based on in collaboration with Diana and Antoinette Powell-Cotton. Diana and Antoinette Powell-Cotton travelled through Angola in 1936 and 1937 and frequently stayed with Kwanyama people, who form one of the largest language groups in Angola.

Powell-Cotton Museum

Powell-Cotton Museum,
Quex House and Gardens,
Quex Park,


The model includes detailed replicas of cooking utensils, furniture, animals and people, all of which the sisters documented in photographs during their trip.

Curriculum Links:

  • KS1: Local History, Significant Individuals, Artists, Craft Makers and Designers, Everyday Materials
  • KS2: Local History, Artists, Architects and Designers in History
  • KS3: Local History, Britain 1901- Present Day, History of Art, Craft, Design and Architecture

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