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Object ID 2015.007.001
Object Name Doll
Collection Dolls
Credit line Gift of Eric R. Mosley, Sr.
Year Range from 1960
Year Range to 1970
Description African American "mammy" doll with a machine-stitched, stuffed cloth body, stump hands, and rudimentary stump feet. The face has simple tied features consisting of two cream colored wool knots for eyes and a tiny 3/16" pink line for the mouth. The doll wears a machine-stitched dress with a small floral print in red, green, blue, and white and also a set of white drawers, a white apron, and light tan striped head wrap. The doll carries a baby made from the same black fabric as the body of the larger doll. The baby has small yarn braids on the head and simple tied features that are the same as on the larger figure. It is wrapped in a colorful bright print tartan blanket.
Dimensions W-7.5 L-22 D-4 inches
Dimension Details greatest approx. overall width and depth
Owned Brenda B. Mosely
Used Brenda B. Mosely African American Doll Collection
Provenance This doll came from the large collection of African American dolls that belonged to Brenda B. Mosely (1950-2012) of Newark, DE. The entire collection consisted of over 3000 African American-themed dolls that were housed in the basement of her Newark home in a private doll museum. Themes in the private museum included Afro-centric dolls dressed in African costume, glamor dolls, antique/vintage dolls, historically themed dolls, rag dolls, and family dolls (babies, grandmothers etc.)
Subjects Afro-Americans
Search Terms Brenda Mosely
African Americans
Twentieth Century
Mammy Dolls
Material Polyester/cotton blend fabrics in various prints