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Black Dolls: From the Collection of Deborah Neff
SAN DIEGO, UNITED STATES  •  Mingei International Museum  •  7 February - 5 July 2015
 

This exhibition presents over 100 unique handmade African-American dolls made between 1850 and 1940. Faithful yet stylized representations of young and old African Americans, the dolls portray playful boys and girls, finely dressed gentlemen and elegant young ladies, distinguished older men and stately, determined women of mature years. The dolls are believed to have been created by African Americans for children that they knew - members of their own families and communities as well as white children in their charge. Embroidered, stitched and painted faces express a variety of emotions–surprise, puzzlement, contentment and joy.

Black Dolls also includes rare nineteenth- and twentieth-century photographs of dolls, clutched by their young owners, or posed alone.



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Plaza de Panama
Balboa Park
1439 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101


Tel: (1) 619 239 00 03



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