I have an Aunt Jemima item that doesn't have arms and the bottom where her legs would be is a small whisk broom. She is about 4 1/2 inches high. I don't know what she was used for, but it was handed down to me from my mother that had it a very long time.
it sounds like you have what is called a silent butler. It's used to sweep crumbs off of a table. That would be my best guess.
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