Barbie Dressed as La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre


This Barbie doll is costumed and accessorized as a representation of The Virgin of Caridad del Cobre, Patron Saint of Cuba. The doll wears the ornate blue and gold robe characteristic of the Virgin in other depictions in religious cards, carvings, and statues. The figure has a crown and is holding a baby (Barbie's brother doll), representing the image of Jesus, and an orb and a crucifix. The doll is mounted on a plaster base. Below the doll is a paper boat on painted cloth to represent the sea, with three doll figures on the boat that represent the fishermen lost at sea that the Virgin saves. Three angels are suspended above the boat. Mixed materials including glass, fabric, plastic, gold braid, plaster, paper, paint, and synthetic jewels. Made by Armando PĂ©rez, a man of Cuban descent, living in Hatillo, Puerto Rico, at the time he sold this doll to the Smithsonian.

Date Made: ca 1996 - 1997

Manufacturer: Mattel, Inc.Maker: Perez, Armando

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Puerto Rico: Hatillo, Hatillo

Subject: SaintsRoman CatholicismToys


See more items in: Home and Community Life: Ethnic, Cultures & Communities, Religion


Exhibition Location:

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1997.0178.01Accession Number: 1997.0178Catalog Number: 1997.0178.01

Object Name: doll

Physical Description: plastic (overall material)plaster (overall material)paper (overall material)paint (overall material)glass (overall material)Measurements: overall: 100 cm x 47.5 cm x 24 cm; 39 3/8 in x 18 11/16 in x 9 7/16 in


Record Id: nmah_739713

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