1940's Marionette Doll Series XI. Box 11
14” high and 4½” wide
Wood, porcelain, cloth, Papier-Mache, and mixed medium
This doll is one of two puppets or Marionettes. The dolls follow the traditions of the black-face entertainers. The dolls have dark skin, bulging eyes, and exaggerated nose and lip size. The dolls wear bright colored clothes that are long trousers and a short coat. This is a stereotypical outfit of the blackface minstrel. The dolls are made of wood, plastic, and Papier-Mache. The Marionette is a toy and play form of what a person may expect to see in the society that they live in at large. This is a world- wide tradition.
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