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Stunning man and woman pair of 14″ ( 35 cm ) papier-mâché shrouded head dolls with    ” milliner’s model ” style bodies, having firm leather torsos and upper legs, with long wooden arms with ” spoon ” hands and molded and painted shoes. Although superb in their own right just as dolls, their original elaborate ethnic costumes really set them apart to make them something special. One might assume by the man’s head covering that they could be either Turkish or perhaps from one of the Balkans countries controlled by the Ottoman Empire during the time of the manufacture of these dolls         ( late 1840’s-early 1850’s ). The man has the remains of a pencil line mustache, the woman a center part hairstyle with thick braids covering both ears and molded into a tight bum in back. The fine lace headgear of the woman also could denote that of a bride wearing her traditional regional dress. Perhaps the highlight of both costumes are the similar sewn on shoes with turned up toes. Regardless of exact origin of region or country, they are truly remarkable, especially as a pair. US$ 2,975.