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Obadiah Beverly, American  Search this
hickory nut with wood, cloth, lace and thread
H x W x D: 6 1/2 × 6 × 2 in. (16.5 × 15.2 × 5.1 cm)
Place made:
Saltville, Smyth County, Virginia, United States, North and Central America
ca. 1876
This doll was handmade by Obadiah Beverly, known as Obe, a formerly enslaved man in Virginia. The doll is composed of a hickory nut, wooden stick, fabric and lace. The nut, used for the head, is wrapped in a section of faded cotton cloth, with part of the nut surface exposed as the face. The fabric is gathered together under the nut by a piece of lace, wound several times around the object. The body of the doll is a stick wrapped in cotton cloth. The doll's skirt is made of a gathered section of cream colored cotton cloth with a faded pattern.
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Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of P. Douglas Groseclose in memory of Virginia Dare Vawter Groseclose
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No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture