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British Made Toys & Games, British  Search this
cotton (textile) with plaster , paint and glue
H x W x D (Overall): 16 3/4 × 9 15/16 × 7 1/2 in. (42.5 × 25.3 × 19 cm)
H x W x D (Mask): 9 7/16 × 9 1/4 × 4 13/16 in. (24 × 23.5 × 12.2 cm)
masks (costume)
Place made:
England, Europe
20th century
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. The right ear has been repaired with glue.
African American  Search this
Blackface  Search this
Caricature and cartoons  Search this
Costume  Search this
Stereotypes  Search this
Theatre  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the Collection of James M. Caselli and Jonathan Mark Scharer
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
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On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 2, C 2053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture