Tattooed Doll Heads 1 - 3.
Vintage, bisque, stuffed with coconut coir.
Heads 1 and 3 are 1880s Victorian antiques, excavated from the site of a 19th-century German ceramics factory.
Head 2 is a also German antique, hand-painted post-firing.
Painted with acrylic ink.
Size, excluding thread:
1. 6.5 x 4.5 x 4.8
2 5.5 x 4 x 4cm
3. 4.3 x 4.5 x 4.5cm
I'd love to say "from a loving home, carefully stored for decades" but these dolls bear the hallmarks of having been unearthed, forgotten, and sometimes laid alongside rusting materials.
They are rather, "due for a loving home".
I toyed with mounting these in boxes, but I'm of the opinion that if something can dangle, it should. Preferring to hang my own treasures, I decided instead to add a loop of a thread. You can still mount it, but I didn't want to be the one putting a head in a box.
Have I saved one to put on my own Christmas tree? YES. Will it be packed away for a year? Absolutely not. A tattooed baby doll is for all year round.