Zwarte Piet Cards (King)

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Identifier

TBAFB0047

Title

Zwarte Piet Cards (King)

Description

Rectangular cardboard box containing 25 playing cards. The front of the box contains a illustration of a fancily dressed Zwarte Piet figure in a red dress suit with a straw hat in his right hand. There is a yellow flower attached his left lapel, an orange waistcoat, a wooden cane, and a black bowtie. Below this figure are the words "Zwarte Piet" in black font above a yellow background. The company name is below this to the right "KING" next to their logo. On the back of the box is information explaining how to play the card game.

Creator

King

Type

Cardboard Box

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

Playing Cards

Subject

Zwarte Piet, Black Caricature

Coverage

Flower, Suit, Shoes, Hat, Cane, Trousers, Bowtie, Gloves, Tray, Cup, Tray, Dress, Plane, Volleyball, Tank-Top, Socks, Tennis Racket, Rope, Boots, Mountain, Rocks, Ice Pick, Watering Can,Book, Chair, Ribbons, Bucket, Bathing Suit, Towel, Mask, Boat, Fishing Net, Clogs, Cap, Notebook, Skis, Poles, Ice Skates, Plant Pot, Football, Anchor, Controller, Walking Stick, Moustache, Fish, Wicker Basket,

Date

c.1987

Physical Dimensions

9x12x3

Country of Production

Netherlands

Place of Production

Amsterdam

Keywords

Card Game, Blackface, Games, Children, Occupations, Zwarte Piet

Rightholder

Spellenfabriek B.V.

Archived By

Richard Weaver

Oral History

There is a donation note in the box explaining some context about how the doner first received the cards in 1989 from their parents as a game that could be played before they could read.

Bibliography

https://www.lastdodo.nl/nl/items/379829-zwarte-piet

Citation

King, “Zwarte Piet Cards (King),” The Black Archives, accessed February 25, 2024, https://collection.theblackarchives.nl/items/show/3481.
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