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Jig Doll - Sterne Doll Company, Black Composite Face, 1940s Object Reg. No: HT 23113

Summary:
Black wooden male figure, with movable arms and legs and a moulded face. It was designed to be jiggled around to simulate dancing. It was produced by Lionel Sterne in his factory in Leicester Street, Carlton the late 1940s.
Description:
Male puppet, consisting of a flat wooden body and head, painted black, on which a moulded composite face has been attached. Movable black wooden arms have been nailed to each shoulder. Nailed to the bottom of the body are jointed wooden legs which are encased in red and white cloth pants, with black painted feet. On the front of the body is attached yellow and white plastic, to represent a jacket, with two drawing pins for buttons and a red crepe paper bowtie. On his head is a white crepe paper hat. A thick piece of wood is attached to the back, along the shoulder, in which is a large hole, intended for a wooden rod (not present.)
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: racial identity, racism, dolls, children s play, cultural stereotypes
Themes this item is part of: L.J. Sterne Doll Company, Childhood & Youth Collection, Leisure Collection, Identity: Yours, Mine, Ours, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 2011-2021, Objects & Cultural Stereotypes in Museum Victoria Collections
Primary Classification: GAMES & TOYS
Secondary Classification: Puppets
Tertiary Classification: rod
Manufacturer: Sterne Doll Company, Carlton, Victoria, Australia, 1945-1950
References: Email correspondence from vendor (copies printed for supplementary file.) `Gerry Gee and Me', Ron Blaskett (2001); `The Encyclopedia of Australian Dolls', Marjory Fainges (1993)

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