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 African-American doll head of painted bisque porcelain (also known as parian), with an impressed “5” on its neck. It also has holes for earrings. 11.5cm x 8cm x8cm - from 18MO609.African-American doll head of painted bisque porcelain (also known as parian), with an impressed “5” on its neck. It also has holes for earrings. 11.5cm x 8cm x8cm - from 18MO609.

 

Site: 18MO609 Jackson Homestead

Context: African-American farmstead of Malinda Jackson, (destroyed by fire), c. 1860 to c. 1915

Site Date Range: c. 1800 - 1915

Materials: Painted bisque porcelain (also known as parian).

Dimensions: 11.5cm x 8cm x8cm.

Description: African-American doll head, with an impressed “5” on its neck. It also has holes for earrings.

History: Bisque dolls allowed a more realistic skin tone. The first bisque porcelain dolls were made in the late 1860s. https://www.thespruce.com/bisque-and-porcelain-dolls-774692.

It once had glass eyes, a wig and earrings (Fellows 1990:93).