Matching pair of wooden dolls representing a gaucho and his wife from the Pampas (grasslands region) of Argentina. A gaucho is the South American equivalent of a cowboy, a horseman that raises cattle and horses in a rural area. This gaucho doll carries bolas in his hand, a set of balls made of rocks connected by cords used for capturing animals. He lost one of his spurs in action.
Folklore is in the air… uhm… ear!
Object Dolls wearing traditional costume Origin Argentina, Pampas Culture Unknown Medium Wood, fabric, ribbon, lace, leather, cord, mohair, metal Mark or Tag None Made by Unknown Size H 19 cm Dated Not dated Acquired Fleemarket early 2000's
Here's a postcard that matches these dolls. It shows how the people living in Argentina are dressed in their traditional costume.
Text on the back of the postcard: 'Gauchos, Capilla'. Blank, no postmark, not dated.