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Hester Prynne and her daughter Pearl are the wonderful characters from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s book The Scarlet Letter. And I made these art dolls after being recommended and reading the book by a very lovely lady that a few of my other dolls now live with.

This wonderful tale leads you through the story of Hester and Pearl from the time of her imprisonment and public shaming for her out of wedlock affair, which resulted in her falling pregnant with Pearl. She refuses to give up the name of the man that was the other half of this shame so that he can also be punished, and the reader quickly learns who this man is. Hester shows tremendous courage facing her exile from society alone with her small child. And although she has the option of just leaving the community she stays to be near the man she loves and suffer the penance the truly feels for what she has done. The odd goings on with those around her, from the cruel doctor that is someone from Hester’s own past in the mother country to the old woman that everyone believes is a witch – The story is full of detail and beautiful imagery.

Hester and Pearl are both dressed in period correct Mid-17th Century outfits with white cotton shifts, stiff stays, bum rolls and petticoats as underwear. Where Hester’s outfit is quite plain and simple, Pearl’s is over the top with decorative details. Pinned to Hester’s breast is the infamous Scarlet Letter, sewn by hand onto silk in red and gold threads; the public sign of her shame, and the symbol of her indiscretion. She keeps the rest of her clothing plain and austere to match her feelings of penance. As the living symbol of what she has done, and the direct result of her affair, Hester dresses Pearl in the best fabrics she can afford, using her incredible skill to decorate her daughter with fine lace trimmed collars and cuffs to go with her embroidered red satin gown.

I've tried to price these dolls as resonably as possible, but they are a large pair of dolls that I would prefer not to split up. If you are just interested in one of them please get in touch.

Hester weighs approx. 280g, and is 50cm tall.
Pearl weighs approx. 120g, and is 36cm tall.
They will be delivered to you securely wrapped and decorated, protected and with contact details; ready to give as a gift, or just because it’s always nice to receive nice parcels.

All my work is unique and authentic; supplied with signed and dated documents. I keep full records of each doll I produce, what inspired me, and when and how they were created. Every doll is individually handmade, and will not be re-created. So every doll has their own, unique, one-of-a-kind personality.

I’m happy to answer any questions you may have if you get in touch using the Contact button on my main shop page or the Ask A Question button on this page

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Hester Prynne and Little Pearl - Gothic Scarlet Letter Art Dolls

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: wood, paperclay, paint, vintage buttons, beads, vintage thread, marabou feathers, fabric, lace, cotton, silk, embroidery silks, gold thread
  • Ships worldwide from Neath, United Kingdom
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