Created by
Beverly, Obadiah, American
Date
ca. 1876
Medium
hickory nut with wood, cloth, lace and thread
Dimensions
H x W x D: 6 1/2 × 6 × 2 in. (16.5 × 15.2 × 5.1 cm)
Description
This doll was handmade by Obadiah Beverly, known as Obe, a formerly enslaved man in Virginia. The doll is composed of a hickory nut, wooden stick, fabric and lace. The nut, used for the head, is wrapped in a section of faded cotton cloth, with part of the nut surface exposed as the face. The fabric is gathered together under the nut by a piece of lace, wound several times around the object. The body of the doll is a stick wrapped in cotton cloth. The doll's skirt is made of a gathered section of cream colored cotton cloth with a faded pattern.
Place made
Saltville, Smyth County, Virginia, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Toys and Games
Type
dolls
Topic
Children
Emancipation
Families
Slavery
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of P. Douglas Groseclose in memory of Virginia Dare Vawter Groseclose
Object number
2016.57
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5d9b57b0f-59ce-4c5d-895f-8178d28f4b0a
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