Aaron by Philip Heath

Name: Aaron II

Made by and When: Philip Heath/Gotz, 1998

Material: Vinyl head, torso, lower arms, thighs to feet; cloth upper arms, lower waist-to-thighs

Marks: Gotz/PSH / 389-26 (incised in the head), #229/500 / 1998 (written on the front of pelvic area)

Height: 39 inches

Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Molded black texturized hair, dark brown glass stationary eyes with upper and lower eyelashes, closed mouth

Clothes: White short-sleeved T-shirt, tan wide-wale corduroy vest, white thin-wale corduroy pants with PsH embroidered on the front of the lower right leg, white baseball cap, white underwear, white socks, white canvas sneakers

Other: Limited edition of 500, Aaron II (like Aaron I), is the likeness of a real African American boy named Aaron.  Aaron I was dressed in short pants. In Portrait of Aaron, the booklet that describes the making of the doll, Philip Heath writes, “With all my love to Aaron, a little African American boy, whose beauty, spirit and expression became the figure – head of this project, and who filled my year with hope!… Portrait of Aaron – the porcelain sculpture, the vinyl portrait and this book are produced in support of Barat Child and Family Services Detroit.  We cannot unbreak hearts, we cannot stop the tears, but we can help those who are willing to try!” Aaron remains one of the artist’s most popular, highly sought-after Black (or African American) dolls.


See a photo of Aaron I here.


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