“Kor,” “Kizzy,” and “Libby”

Name: Kor, Kizzy, Libby (named by the owner)

Made by and When: Kor January, 2002, 2015, and 2014, respectively

Material: Combination of maple, oak, and poplar woods; the girls have spring joints.

Marks: Signed hangtag reads: K. Jan (Kor); WLBDA 15 (on the leg, Kizzy); and KJ / 14 (on the head, Libby)

Height: 10, 8, and 14 inches

Hair, Eyes, and Mouths: Carved facial features and hair with painted eyes. The girls have yarn ponytails with carved hair on their heads. Their mouths are clothes

Clothes: All clothing is sewn on by the artist with the exception of Kizzy’s sweater shrug, which was added by the curator.

Other: Originally from Monrovia, Liberia, Kor January is a prolific doll artist who lives in Ohio. His dolls are all one-of-a-kind and highly sought after by discriminating doll connoisseurs. Kor, the boy, is jointed at the head and arms only. The girls are jointed at the head with spring-jointed knees. Libby has additional spring joints at the elbows. Kizzy was the 2015 We Love Black Dolls Anew Facebook group’s club doll. The artist carved Kizzy’s wooden stoop. Kizzy’s hair ribbons, mini books, sweater, and pet were added by the curator.

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Published by DeeBeeGee

Doll collector, historian, co-founder of the first e-zine devoted to collecting black dolls; author of black-doll reference books, doll blogs, and doll magazine articles.

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