Pair of salt and pepper shakers in form of "Mammy" and "Chef"

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Unidentified
Medium
ceramic and gold leaf
Dimensions
H x W x D (2007.7.6.1): 4 7/8 × 1 7/8 × 1 7/8 in. (12.4 × 4.8 × 4.8 cm)
H x W x D (2007.7.6.2): 5 × 2 1/4 × 1 3/4 in. (12.7 × 5.7 × 4.4 cm)
Type
containers for serving and consuming food
Date
1950s
Description
Ceramic salt shaker (2007.7.6.1), in the form of "Chef," who is depicted wearing a white chef's uniform, an apron outlined in gold, black shoes, and a white chef's hat with a red mark on the hat rim. "Chef" is holding a red spoon with his proper right hand. There is a gold [S] painted on the bottom center edge of the apron. There are three salt shaker holes at the top of the hat.
Ceramic pepper shaker (2007.7.6.2), in the form of "Mammy," who is depicted wearing a white dress, white apron edged in gold and a white scarf with gold decoration and a red kerchief covering her head. “Mammy” is holding red spoon with her proper left hand. There is a gold [P] painted on the bottom center edge of the apron. There are three pepper shaker holes at top of the kerchief.
Topic
African American
Caricature and cartoons
Cooking and dining
Domestic life
Foodways
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
2007.7.6.1-.2
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title
Collection of James M. Caselli and Jonathan Mark Scharer
Classification
Tools and Equipment-Culinary
Exhibition
Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: The Era of Segregation, 1876-1968
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 2, C 2053
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture