English Golliwogg Doll. Series I, Box 1
16” high 6½” wide
The Golliwogg doll comes from the book, "The Adventures of Two Dutch Dolls and a Golliwogg". A product of the blackface and minstrel tradition, the Golliwog has jet-black skin, a tall thin build, bright red lips, bulging eyes and wild woolly hair. He wears clothes that are common for the minstrel singer, a short red coat and long red and white striped pants. The Golliwogg has been seen as a negative stereotype of peoples of the African Diaspora in Europe since the 1890’s. This particular doll was created in the 1960's. This negative representation is still used to describe African Diaspora peoples in Europe today. For example, in 2009 the daughter of Margaret Thatcher, former British Prime Minister, referred to the black French tennis Player Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, competing in the Australian Open, as looking like a Golliwogg.