H x W x D (Overall): 19 3/16 × 9 × 8 7/16 in. (48.8 × 22.8 × 21.5 cm)
H x W x D (Mask): 9 1/16 × 8 × 3 15/16 in. (23 × 20.3 × 10 cm)
A painted blackface mask. The mask is constructed from two layers of cotton voile with and an internal layer of plaster cloth sandwiched in between that shapes the mask. The plaster cloth is white, the top layer is black cotton voile, and the bottom layer white cotton voile. Hood is black cotton voile. The facial features and ears of the mask are painted. The mask has large, prominent eyes that are stenciled white circles with blue irises and black pupils. There are eye holes at the center of each pupil. The eyebrows, eye wrinkles, and forehead lines are hand painted in white. There are two holes at the mask's nostrils and a semicircular opening at the mouth. The stenciled mouth is painted wide and red. The mask is bald and its ears protrude on either side. A black hood constructed from black cotton voile is attached to the back of the mask. Inside the mask is a white label with a manufacturer's logo, a bulldog with its front proper left paw wrapped around a flag attached to a pole. The flag and the front paws of the dog are draped over a white oval with black printed text inside the oval that reads [BRITISH MADE / TOYS & GAMES] across the top and the bottom and [TRADE MARK] printed in small type across the center.
Objects depicting racist and/or stereotypical imagery or language may be offensive and disturbing, but the NMAAHC aims to include them in the Collection to present and preserve the historical context in which they were created and used. Objects of this type provide an important historical record from which to study and evaluate racism.