Matthew Henson

Name: Matthew Henson

Made by and When: Floyd Bell, 1989

Material:  Resin or carved in wood

Marks: Signed and dated by the artist

Height:  18 inches

Hair/Eyes/Mouth:  Black carved and painted hair/black eyes/closed mouth with a moustache

Clothing:  Made in Alaska by Native Alaskans, the fur skins are hand sewn into a beautiful parka, mukluks and gloves.

Other:  From the artist’s American Heritage Series, made in a limited edition of 10 dolls representing the first Black man to reach the North Pole, Matthew Alexander Henson, Arctic explorer, Floyd Bell has produced this doll in resin and wood. Bell is a legendary master doll artist/carver. His dolls are housed in several museums worldwide, including the Louvre in Paris, France.

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Read more about Bell here and here. View a video about Matthew Henson below.



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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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