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This is a vintage Hungarian cloth and leather doll dressed in a folk art costume. Her headdress is that of the Matyo people of Mezokovesd, Hungary.

Her entire body is tightly stuffed cloth. Her arms and legs are leather and have metal joints which enable her limbs to move back and forth. Her hands are sewn to indicate individual fingers and her thumbs are separate. Her composition head is covered with the traditional headdress of married Matyo women – large colorful pompoms on a scarf base. Her face is hand painted.

Her dress has a fitted colorful print bodice with puffed short sleeves and lace trim. Her midriff features lace, metallic and floral trim with a gathered lace flounce at her waist. There are rows of decorative ribbon and trim on the skirt. Her petticoat is ivory and her panties are blue. Her shoes are red.

Her panties have writing on them which I can’t read. I don’t know if the writing is significant.

Hungary is famous for its amazing variety of very colorful and detailed folk costumes. The costumes are distinctive in each region.

Measurements: Approximately 17” tall.

Condition: Vintage mid-century. Cracks on her forehead and around eye sockets. Eyes are missing. Dress has soiled spots. Slight fading in areas of the dress. See photos.

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Vintage Mid Century 17 Inch Folk Art Hungarian Cloth and Leather Doll Matyo Mezokovesd Headdress


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: Cloth, Leather, Pompoms, Composition
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 160 reviews
  • Favorited by: 7 people