Matching pair of dolls wearing traditional summer dress of Bahrain. This type of doll is made in India but dressed to represent the arab Kingdom of Bahrain, an island country in the Persian Gulf. The male is wearing a white thawb, which is a long cotton gown. The headscarf called ghutra is held in place by the agal, a thick double black cord. The female is wearing a black cloak called abaya over western style clothing. A veil covers her face.
Folklore is in the air… uhm… ear!
Object Arab Dolls Origin Bahrain Culture Unknown Medium Pressed material, fabric, wire, ribbon, cord, plastic Mark or Tag None Made in India Size H 30 cm Dated Not dated Acquired Fleamarket end 1990's
Here's a postcard that matches these dolls. It shows how the people living in Bahrain are dressed in their traditional costume.
Text on the front of the postcard: 'Bahraini (Background refinery)'. Postmark unclear. No visible date.