On View
Segregation Gallery
Exhibition
Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: The Era of Segregation, 1876-1968
Created by
Bouge, Cindee, American
Date
2003
Medium
paint on papier mâché and cloth
Dimensions
8 1/4 x 8 x 8 1/2 in. (21 x 20.3 x 21.6 cm)
Description
Papier mâché container in the form of "Mammy's" head. The container is spherical, with a round hole cut out at the top, revealing a hollow inside. The face has a prominent nose and large red lips. Yellow flower-print fabric is adhered around the head and tied as a kerchief. The print features blue, red, and yellow flowers with green stems. The bottom of the container is signed, in black [Cindee / Bouge / 2003]
Statement
Objects depicting racist and/or stereotypical imagery or language may be offensive and disturbing, but the NMAAHC aims to include them in the Collection to present and preserve the historical context in which they were created and used. Objects of this type provide an important historical record from which to study and evaluate racism.
Collection title
Collection of James M. Caselli and Jonathan Mark Scharer
Classification
Racist and Stereotypical Objects
Type
containers
Topic
Caricature and cartoons
Craftsmanship
Domestic life
Stereotypes
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the Collection of James M. Caselli and Jonathan Mark Scharer
Object number
2007.7.111
Restrictions & Rights
© Cindee Bouge. Permission required for use.
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd59f2197be-e4ec-4d42-86f1-625e207ab938

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