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 ETHNICITIES - Dolls reflecting People

From February 1 to June 22, 2013. Extra time until August 31, 2013.
The ethnic dolls will be exhibited throughout the museum.

Dolls are more than a child’s toy. The Musée de la Poupée-Paris, whose mission since inception has been their preservation, will be exhibiting ethnic dolls beginning February 1, 2013.

These dolls come from a private collection. More than 1,000 dolls, representing over 150 different countries, will be presented in 65 showcases throughout the museum until August 31, 2013. The museum’s permanent collections will be removed for a few months in order to exhibit these ethnic dolls in all 6 rooms.

The first room is dedicated to Oceania and Americas, the second Asia, the third spans the Middle East and Africa and the last 3 rooms present Europe.

From voodoo dolls to protective fetishes, from fertility dolls to those celebrating religious or secular fests, there is a spectrum much larger than one would imagine. Refined, handcrafted dolls, very specific to their area of origin, outshine simple tourist dolls.

Peoples of Oceania

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Polynesia, Bora-Bora
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Polynesia, Tahiti

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Peoples of Asia

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Sri Lanka

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Peoples of Americas

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Inuit, Canada
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Skookum, USA
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Peoples of Europe

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Peoples of Africa and the Middle East

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Masai, Kenya
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The origin of this amazing collection

Micha, an exceptional woman who has traveled the globe, owns this amazing collection. During more than 50 years venturing around the world, with a keen sensitivity, she chose dolls that reminded her of the habits and customs of countries she visited, as well as those places she had yet to explore. Thus, over the decades an exceptional collection was born. Micha now goes around the world every day in her own house, which literally showcases thousands of dolls. This display is testimony to the expertise and traditions of many ethnic groups from nearly every corner of our planet.

Since the beginning, fascination for costumes and customs motivated Micha in her quest. A true ethnologist, she found each doll, regardless of age or materials used in manufacture, to have value in that bit of information it might add about a culture. This explains why objects from various periods, made of more than 20 different materials, are included.

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straw and wood, Amazonia
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Sculpted wood, Ashanti, Africa
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Braided sheet, Bahamas

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Plastic, Iran
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Fabric, Zoulou, Africa
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Papier mâché, Kachina Hopi USA

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Wooden and wire, Ecuador
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Paper mache, Skookum, USA
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Fabric, Ecuador

An inveterate researcher, Misha has her own Web site: where she methodically organized the dolls, generously offering others a unique opportunity to identify otherwise unknown, or often ignored, objects.

In this Musée de la Poupée-Paris exhibition, Micha finally emerges from the shadows. She invites us to discover extraordinary ethnic groups, such as Zoulous from South Africa, Aïnous from Japan, Aboriginals from Australia, Inuïts from the Arctic, Palocs and Matyo from Hungary….

Activities for adults

Related activities are given during the exhibit

Activities for children

Related activities are given all year long for children

Past exhibits-MUSEUM CLOSED FOR GOOD Dolls from the 80s Best friends Betting on Dolls Hollywood Stars as Dolls Héros de l’ORTF - la télévision française en jouets des années ’60 aux années ’80 Bécassine dévoile les Trésors de Loulotte Minuscules, the playful universe of pocket dolls Snow globes Barbie Rétro Chic Fashion dolls under Napoleon III ETHNICITIES - Dolls reflecting People Baby-boom 2, French dolls 1960-1979 Poupées ’Made in Italy’, 1880-1979 Jouets de garçons Images exquises Barbie® et Ken® jouent les stars de tous les temps Ken®, 50 ans d’un modèle masculin Baby-boom French dolls, 1946-1959 Le Minor dolls Le retour du Père Noël Nouvelles icônes, des poupées Pandores aux Sybarites Maisons de poupées, l’art de la miniature Rêve ta vie avec Barbie Par amour pour les poupées Poupées et jouets : l’éveil des 5 sens Les poupées des Petites Filles Modèles Les mille et une vies de Barbie Quel spectacle ! les arts du spectacle en poupées et jouets L’Europe des 25 en poupées régionales et folkloriques Boules de poils, le meilleur de la peluche française, 1876-2006 Dodo l’enfant do : poupons et baigneurs, 1855-2005 Arts ménagers pour poupées : la vie quotidienne en miniature Les poupées de La Semaine de Suzette fêtent leurs 100 ans Les poupées Raynal : 50 ans de luxe pour petites filles Barbie raconte 5000 ans d’histoire du costume Tendres doudous : poupées et animaux en tissu Personnages de contes : hommage à la création Poupees de poche : de Mignonnette à Polly Pocket


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