African- American Prince Menelik by Avon. Series X. Box 10
12” high and 3½” high
1994 representing unknown time period
mixed medium, cloth, vinyl, and plastic
This doll was created to represent the African American male for those African Americans who did not know from what parts of Africa that their ancestors came. The doll uses a generic Kente cloth to represent Africa instead of a specific country. The origins of the Kente Cloth are the Ashanti peoples of Ghana.The doll is given the status of royalty to denote that African Americans came from royalty and should be proud of their African Diaspora heritage. The doll is of medium brown complexion, a medium build, and has soft facial features. This was done in order to create an accurate representation of the male figure from the African-American Community. This doll was created by the Avon Corporation to help promote a positive image of African –Americans both for the African American community and the mainstream American community at large.
Collectibles, Dolls, African-Americans, Africa, Arts, Culture