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4.1: Troll Doll

  • Page ID
    8246
  • Troll Doll
    Norwegian-American
    Oljanna Cunneen, c.1960
    Fabric, copper wire, polymer clay, wood, fur, other on hand materials
    Little Norway Collection, Gift of Scott & Jennifer Winner
    MHAHS 2015.021.0009

    Oljanna Cunneen was making trolls long before the creation of Mount Horeb’s “Trollway.” Already an avid painter, storyteller, seamstress, and rosemaler, Cuneen used doll-making as one of many art forms to celebrate her Norwegian heritage. Cunneen’s figures were typically made using a copper wire armature that was padded to create the body and limbs; she then molded and painted the clay hands and faces. This doll is an example of her earliest work.

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