Cigar Store Figurine

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Title

Cigar Store Figurine

Description

This carved and painted cigar store figure, made around 1870, represents a man in supposed Indian dress. Unlike most cigar store figures of the period, this one depicts a Virginia Indian of the 1600s, wearing a crown of tobacco leaves and a "kilt" and armbands, also of tobacco leaves, with a beaded necklace. The features, however, are unmistakably African. The maker may have based his image on Virginia tobacco labels of the 1700s showing Indians wearing crowns like this but also depicted as black. The figure reflects the 1870s white viewpoint that lumped Indians and blacks together as "colored."

Description courtesy of the Virginia Historical Society.

Creator

Unknown

Source

Virginia Historical Society

Date

1870

Rights

Coverage

nineteenth century

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Wooden sculpture

Files

Cigar store figurine.jpg

Citation

Unknown, “Cigar Store Figurine,” Virginia Indian Archive, accessed September 23, 2021, https://virginiaindianarchive.org/items/show/156.

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