Early last week, I found a wooden doll for sale online. I had to look several times at her price, certain I was seeing things--because it was WAY too low for what she supposedly was. So even though I hadn't planned on buying another doll, I bought her--and then told myself she HAD to be a modern reproduction, there was no way she was a real antique doll. Not for that low price. But what the heck, I loved her face.
Today, she arrived.
And I was wrong.
She is NOT a reproduction. She is a genuine, hand carved, Italian creche' doll. 23" tall, and HEAVY--I think she is solid oak. I have seen photos of these dolls in museums, but never dreamed I would be holding one of my own. Rare that I am near speechless, but I am very emotionally overwhelmed tonight. So I will let the photos speak for themselves.