“Black Dolls” will be the first time the Neff Collection is shown outside the United States. Comprising an outstanding ensemble of several hundred handmade African-American dolls and a set of photographs from the 1850s to the 1940s, this collection is of interest not only for the diversity and remarkable beauty of the dolls themselves but also as an insight into the history of America’s Black population and of perceptions of childhood in America. In fact, these dolls could serve a variety of purposes, and some are quite enigmatic in this respect.
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