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Object Name Doll
Catalog Number 0985.03.00033a
Description Adult female doll is African American (black) woman with painted porcelain head. Body is constructed of a clear glass bottle (embossed with "PEACOCK CHEMICAL Co." near the top). Eyes are painted black with whites. Mouth is painted red. Dress is black cotton printed with white dots and pink flowers; a black-and-white checkered apron; a peach/beige and white checked turban on head; and a multi-colored scarf on shoulders. Doll is standing with a basket covered with gold-colored fabric on right arm, and holding a white infant in the crook of left arm. The infant is made of unglazed porcelain with painted blond hair, blue painted eyes, and a long white dress and white cap.
Material porcelain; textile (cotton); glass; wood (wicker)
Dimensions H-11 W-5 D-4 inches
Provenance Part of "Mammy" doll group consisting of two adult black dolls and two white child dolls.

Accession ledger: "A group of dolls respresenting the colored 'mammies' of Georgia, an aristocracy now passing away."

1905 Catalog: "A Group, in memory of the colored aristocracy that has passed away."
Search Terms mammies
Subjects toy (tentative)
children (tentative)
African Americans
slaves (tentative)
slavery (tentative)