|16-inch Sasha doll with dark skin, brown eyes, and auburn hair by Sasha Morgenthaler|
No this doll was not made in Canada. She was most likely made in Germany by Gotz. Doll artist and Facebook friend, Frantz Brent-Harris, creator of Sonadolls, found the above preloved Sasha at a flea market in Canada. He offered her to the first taker for his cost plus shipping. My new doll arrived the Saturday before Mother's day as shown above.
I washed and rolled her hair, then treated a stain that I discovered on the side of her right leg. See the following pictures for these details:
|Sasha's auburn hair has been washed.|
|She sat still while her hair was sectioned and rolled. I left the rods in until dressing took place some two weeks later.|
|Leg stain prior to Oxy-10 treatment. The stain was faint, but I wanted to treat it.|
|Oxy-10 was applied and left on the stain for 7 days.|
|After 7 days, the leg stain faded some. I applied additional Oxy-10 for another week. More fading took place. The stain is still visible but not enough to cause worry.|
During Sasha's leg stain treatment, she remained nude. At the end of treatment, I dressed her in the perfect dress, tights (that cover the leg imperfection), and shoes that were all on hand.
Sasha shows off her lovely locks that were finger combed.
Shown below are Gotz babies Andrea (1996), a redhead; and brown haired dolls Celina (1996), Christina (1997), and Toni (1999). Like the 16- and 17-inch Sashas, the babies have dark caramel complexions.
Ebony complexioned Sasha dolls and two brunettes with caramel complexions can be seen in a previous post. As a result of my new Sasha and this post, I purchased the book, Sasha Dolls: The History by Anne Votaw, Ann Louise Chandler, and Susanna E. Lewis.
What Are Sasha Dolls (from Wikipedia.com)
Sasha dolls are a type and series of doll created by Swiss artist and dollmaker Sasha Morgenthaler (1893–1975), produced in Germany and the United Kingdom beginning in the late 1960s. Popular with collectors, Sasha dolls are characterized by their individualism, their realistic expressions, their unique color, and the extreme attention to detail in the manufacture of the dolls as well as their clothes. It is said by Juliette Peers that: "Sasha dolls are renowned for possessing a solid intellectuality, despite their bizarre origins as representations of holocaust victims." Morganthaler created face sculpts for her dolls with subtle expressions to not dictate artificially exaggerated smiles, her concern that children surviving the horrors of WWII would not relate to dolls so happy in times of terror. Morganthaler, herself, "When she was sad, she did not like her dolls uncompromising smiles. Once she grabbed a nail file and scraped off her doll's false grin..." In her own words, "No grotesque caricature can awaken a child's true feelings. A piece of wood, barely carved, is far superior to a conventional doll with an exaggerated smile." Read more.__________
1. Mitchell & Reid-Walsh (2008). Girl Culture: An encyclopedia. p. 29.
2. Votaw & Chandler & Lewis (2011). Sasha Dolls, The History. p. 10.