Mother & Baby vintage folk art doll, traditional figure with beautifully detailed clothing and lots of jewelry. She is holding a large pipe, certainly the biggest hash pipe I've ever seen. In the other hand she holds a basket and something I have not yet been able to identify. It's hard to tell what the heads and hands are made of... at first I thought plastic but I am not certain. It's quite remarkable that all the parts are still together.
After doing some research, I found that this is the Hmong (RPA: Hmoob/Moob, IPA: [m̥ɔ̃ŋ]), an ethnic group from the mountainous regions of China, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand. Hmong are also one of the sub-groups of the Miao ethnicity (苗族) in southern China. I found another doll, which I am almost certain is from the same artist. That other doll is marker: "Name of doll: Mien or Yao, Designed by: Vanida S. Mongkhong / Handmade by Youthana, Made in Thailand."
To learn more about the Hmong people, here is the Wikipedia link:
My mother collected dolls on her lifetime of travels. It would be great to find someone who would enjoy this treasure of my mom.
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