The nodder doll… (bobblehead doll) black, picaninny banks… made of ceramic and chalk were manufactured in Japan in the 1950s. They were marketed and sold to white America as novelty items, souvenirs characterized today as Black Americana.

“I defiantly reclaim, re-present and ornately embellish them; to elevate and celebrate their beauty from the ill-conceived form of degradation they originally were created to represent…

…the dolls become trumpets or mouth pieces, speaking to the subversive nature of racism in the past and present.”

Willie Little
Pickaninny Bobble Head bank with straw hat, apple and banana.
Rear view of Bobble Head doll

Nodder Doll Gallery

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