Cigar Store Figure, Female (African American)

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Cigar Store Figure, Female (African American)
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N0145.1961
Description: 
This powerful figure’s function as a “cigar-store Indian” is evidenced by the cigars in her right hand and by the Native American tunic and deerskin boots, but the mask-like face gives credence to the tradition that it was carved by an African-American slave named Job, for a tobacconist in Freehold, New Jersey. It may be surprising to realize that slavery was not abolished in New Jersey until 1846, and that loopholes in the law permitted slave holding until the passage of the 13th Amendment after the Civil War.
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depth 12.25 in ; height 46.5 in ; width 16.5 in
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