Baby Zuri

Photographs courtesy of Karen Kilburn

Name: Baby Zuri

Made by and When: Shindana Toys/1972

Material: Soft vinyl (light, medium, and dark vinyl versions were made; a white Baby Zuri was also made).


Height: 13 inches

Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black or brown Sculpted curls/black painted eyes with brown irises/drink and wet mouth with painted lips

Clothes: Dressed in different short one-piece rompers or two-piece play sets, bare feet.

Other: Baby Zuri is a girl but is often mistaken for a boy. Zuri means beautiful in Swahili. The Baby Zuri head sculpt was also used for later version of Shindana’s Baby Nancy.

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