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It's old. It's original. It's Black Americana at its most stereotyped.
This figurine of a black man eating a huge slice of watermelon is a classic depiction of African-Americans back in the days of racial stereotyping.
The figurine is circa 1920s. It's made of solid lead with an iron coating. It has lost much of its paint but the details are still good with some red still on the watermelon. This is an early casting... not a reproduction. You can feel the smoothness of the metal which attests to its age.
This watermelon man measures 1 3/4 inches across by 2 3/4 inches high. There's an illegible mark on the back of the neck. There's a small opening in the surface coating on the back where you see the lead. This piece came from an advanced collection of Black Americana. Overall, it's in very good condition.
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Old Black Americana Watermelon Eating Man Figurine
$49 USD SOLD
Deerfield Beach, FL
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