This corn dolly, in the form of a sceptre, was devised and made by Alec Coker, an experienced corn dolly maker. It consists of a long spirally woven ‘neck’-like core, above which are five spirally woven semicircles. Above this is a head made up of four spirally woven ‘lantern’-like structures. This dolly was used with another dolly in the shape of an orb as stage regalia. (MERL/86/84)
Fylfot Corn Dolly - Circa 1980s. Traditional English corn dolly, these figures were made to celebrate a successful harvest, often from the last sheaf gathered from the field. Photos from the Museum of Rural Life in Reading, Berkshire, England.
It was believed that the corn spirit lived amongst the crop, and the harvest made it effectively homeless. Therefore, hollow shapes were fashioned from the last sheaf of wheat or other cereal crop. The corn spirit would then spend the winter in their homes until the "corn dolly" was ploughed into the first furrow of the new season.