|Naila and Ari by Renate Hockh, artist dolls from the 1990s|
I don't remember what I was looking for when I found Naila and Ari on eBay. The auction had a beginning bid of $24.99, so I placed it in my eBay watch. I thought, "I know these are larger than I need and are really not typical of what I am adding to my doll family now, but for $24.99, they are worth watching."
Naila and Ari are marked 1992 and 1993, respectively (as incised on their napes). Representing Balinese children, they were sculpted by German doll artist, Renate Hockh, and are part of the Doll Children of the World series of Doll Makers Originals International. The dolls were made in a limited edition of 1000 each. Their numbers are 817 (Naila) and 532 (Ari). Naila measures 26 inches and Ari is 15 inches; they are usually described as being 27 and 16 inches tall.
I was the only bidder.
|Naila by Renate Hockh|
|Ari by Renate Hockh; he has the sweetest face.|
The dolls arrived pristine with their hang tags in place. These have been removed and stored with other dolls' certificates and hang tags. Naila came with her doll stand but Ari's original baby sling was missing (so I thought).
This post had been in draft mode and named for quite some time prior to publishing. Some two weeks after drafting it, I still had the shipping box that contained the mounds of bubble wrap the seller used to protect the dolls during their travel. I needed to use some of the bubble wrap on a package that I shipped recently. Out with the bubble wrap fell Ari's baby sling. I was very surprised and happy that I had not discarded the bubble wrap or the box, which will eventually be broken down and recycled.
Having made themselves at home and after receiving warm welcomes from others in the doll family, below are Naila with Ari held as the artist intended.
|Naila with Ari in baby sling|
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