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Created by:
Unidentified  Search this
Medium:
wood, paint, metal and fleece
Dimensions:
39 1/2 x 8 x 5 in. (100.3 x 20.3 x 12.7 cm)
Type:
dolls
Date:
20th century
Description:
A painted, wooden jig doll in the form of a clown. The head of doll is covered in black cotten hair. The doll has long, flat ears, large, pink eye brows, a large red smile, a round red nose, and wide, round eyes. The doll is depicted wearing a white bowtie, a red shirt with a blue vest. The shirt has four buttons, constructed from nails and washers, running down the center. The arms of doll are jointed and have been painted yellow. The doll’s waist is blue with red polka dots. The doll’s legs are jointed at the waist. It has red painted legs and black painted shoes. Attached at the back of the doll's head and torso is a metal hanging strip.
Statement:
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.
Topic:
African American  Search this
Caricature and cartoons  Search this
Stereotypes  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:
2007.7.269
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
Collection of James M. Caselli and Jonathan Mark Scharer
Classification:
Toys and Games
Racist and Stereotypical Objects
Exhibition:
Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: The Era of Segregation, 1876-1968
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 2, C 2053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd51317d9b1-50c0-45a4-a924-52d1de8fdda8
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2007.7.269