Both are in good shape except for some slight wear at the arm seam of the smaller doll pictured indicated in the red circle. The larger doll has a cotton body, and the smaller one is of a slightly darker stretch fabric, that looks like cotton until you move in for a closer look. The taller doll has a painted face and the smaller has embroidered features. Due to the differences in facial styles they may have been been the work of unrelated artists.
So it's possible that they started life apart then became paired due to their similarities. It's always special when a doll finds a friend for life!I've kept them in a smoke free, pet free home. It's hard to tell when they were made as there are no markings on them. The stretchy fabric of the smaller one could date them from the 70's? They appear to be lovingly handmade, and very special dolls. The item "2 33 & 31 Long, Black African, Cloth Body, OOAK, Art Dolls, Ethnic AA Ladies" is in sale since Thursday, April 15, 2021. This item is in the category "Dolls & Bears\Dolls\Art Dolls-OOAK\Other OOAK Art Dolls". The seller is "gaylewraydolls" and is located in Clearwater, Florida. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Dominican republic, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, El salvador, Honduras, Jamaica, Antigua and barbuda, Aruba, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Saint kitts and nevis, Saint lucia, Montserrat, Turks and caicos islands, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Uruguay, Russian federation.