Samva Metal Polish

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Identifier

TBAFB0011

Title

Samva Metal Polish

Description

Cylindrical metal bottle. On the lid is stamped the word "PATENT." The bottle is wrapped in paper with a caricatured black woman holding another bottle of Samva Brut. With her other hand she points to the text along the bottom of the paper: "SAMVA VOOR METALEN" on one side, and on the other, "SAMVA POUR METAUX." The French side has a stain over the word "Metaux," rendering it difficult to read. In a banner by the woman's head, the polish brands itself "No. 1." Between the Dutch and French sides, a small banner reads as follows: "SAMVA tel. 3321.60 Etterbeek - Av. de la Chasse - 64 - Jachtlaan." Along the top of the illustration are the words "Bouchage, breveté" in French and "Berreveteerd, stopmiddel" in Dutch.

Creator

Samva

Type

Metal Bottle

Relation

Facing Blackness is a multimedia exhibition that takes the public through the obscure history of portraying Black people from the colonial period to contemporary society. Using unique archive material and visual art, we show how anti-black racism became part of the Dutch 'cultural archive' and our everyday ideas, customs and utensils. On the other hand, the exhibition shows how there has always been 'everyday resistance' to various forms of racism and how Black people themselves have given and continue to give meaning to their culture and identity.

Source

The Black Archives

Format

Metal Polish

Subject

Black Woman, Black Caricature

Coverage

Bottle of Metal Polish, Bangles, Earrings, Necklace

Date

c.1930

Physical Dimensions

4x4x10

Country of Production

Belgium

Place of Production

Etterbeek

Keywords

Samva, Caricature, Black Woman, Metal Polish, Advertising

Rightholder

Samva

Archived By

Richard Weaver

Bibliography

https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/371124825515691410/

Citation

Samva, “Samva Metal Polish,” The Black Archives, accessed May 22, 2022, https://collection.theblackarchives.nl/items/show/3445.
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