Josephine Baker Marionette

Josephine Baker Marionette

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Description (Brief)
This dancing marionette painted black with a blond wig was made by the Yale Puppeteers in 1937 and bears a striking resemblance to the famous exotic dancer, singer, and film star Josephine Baker. Baker made her claim to fame in the United States only after becoming a hit in her adopted city of Paris, France.
Made of wood and paper mache, she is dressed in a red feather trimmed collar, armbands, cuffs, skirt, and anklets with silver-heeled slippers. She is worked with one bar and nine strings.
The Yale Puppetteers became synonomous with the finest accomplishments in puppetry for more than 25 years. She was purchased from the Yale Puppeteers by Hazelle and J. Woodson Rollins, who donated her to the National Museum of American History Collection.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Date made
depicted (sitter)
Baker, Josephine
Yale Puppeteers
Physical Description
paper mache (overall material)
feathers (overall material)
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
string (overall material)
overall: 28 in; 71.12 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Hazelle H. and J. Woodson Rollins
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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