On View
Segregation Gallery
Exhibition
Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: The Era of Segregation, 1876-1968
Created by
Unidentified
Date
mid 20th century
Medium
paint on wood , metal
Dimensions
H x W x D (2007.7.300abc): 15 × 13 1/4 × 4 3/4 in. (38.1 × 33.7 × 12.1 cm)
H x W x D (2007.7.300a): 13 1/4 × 10 3/4 × 13/16 in. (33.7 × 27.3 × 2.1 cm)
H x W x D (2007.7.300b): 2 5/8 × 4 3/4 × 13/16 in. (6.7 × 12.1 × 2.1 cm)
H x W x D (2007.7.300c): 15 1/4 × 12 × 4 in. (38.7 × 30.5 × 10.2 cm)
Description
A wooden whirligig in the form of a caricature of a boy holding a watermelon slice on a metal stand.
2007.7.300a
A painted wooden cutout of a seated boy in profile holding a watermelon slice cutout. The boy is wearing a yellow and black hat, white shirt, and red shorts. The hat has a black band and a black bow on one side. Four (4) round holes are located on the bottom of the figure. A metal pole extends upward from his hand connecting to the watermelon slice.
2007.7.300b
A painted wooden cutout of a watermelon slice. The slice is semicircular with a curve cut out along the top edge, representing a bite taken. The watermelon is painted with red flesh, black seeds, and a green rind. A round hole on the bottom edge fits into metal rod on boy's hands and rotates.
2007.7.300c
A black metal stand. The stand has a rectangular base with cylindrical pole in the center.
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
Toys and Games
Racist and Stereotypical Objects
Type
whirligigs
Topic
Amusements
Caricature and cartoons
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
2007.7.300abc
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5db372097-d15c-4c6b-af63-f573af76a8f9
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