Fascinating artifact. Not sure on the ID but comparing the 3rd and 4th photos, the pair of holes in the third make me wonder if it was strapped to something at 1 time. Do those holes look homemade?
Maybe a WWI era Fumsup - good luck charm similar to a kewpie doll. I didn't find an exact match but there were several styles.
I did a little more reading on 'Fumsup'. It seems they've been around since the 1880's and became quite popular during WWI. However the WWI versions typically had a head and/or part of the body made of wood (like the pic I posted). Those are sometimes called 'Touch wud' charms - like "Knock on wood" in the US and "Touch wood" in the UK - for luck or protection.
If this one is a Fumsup, it is earlier than WWI.
Folk art piece. We made ones just like that in grade school back in the 1920s.
No you got that all wrong. I was excavating French & Indian War sites with the archies when I was in Kindergarten.Wait a minute Steve, I thought you were excavating Rev War sites with the archies in grade school? No time for arts and crafts in Ligonier back in the day, but did not think you were that old?