Sarotti Moor Sculpture

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Identifier

TBADC0001

Title

Sarotti Moor Sculpture

Description

Polyresin sculpture depicting a dark-skinned boy carrying a golden coloured tray in line with the symbolic imagery typical of Blackamoor figures. The figure is dressed ornately from head-to-toe with vibrant colours and an outfit that seems inspired by Moorish culture and stylings. He wears a bright blue coat with a white buttoned-up shirt, long white gloves, and tailcoats that extend out behind him in a manner which implies the figure is moving forward rapidly. The figure also wears red haram pants decorated with brown/golden stars which match his Moorish shoes ('Balgha') which are painted with the same colour as the tray and the golden stars. The figure is crowned with a blue, red, and golden turban which is decorated with a golden plate at the front with the letter "S" (Sarotti-Mohr) and a crest of feathers emerging over the top of this. The entire figure is fixed upon a larger base painted white with black flanks - on the underside of the base is written "€85" in pencil. Chocolate would have been placed on the tray of the statue as a form of advertising.

Creator

Sarotti-Mohr (Julius Gipkens)

Relation

Documenta 2022

Source

The Black Archives

Format

Sculpture

Subject

Black Child, Young Boy, Moorish Boy

Coverage

Suit, Shirt, Top-Hat, Trousers, Shoes, Tray, Turban, Gloves

Date

c.1930's?

Physical Dimensions

11.5x18x27

Country of Production

Germany

Place of Production

Berlin

Keywords

Caricature, Advertising, Chocolate, Moors, Orientalism, Statue, Servant

Rightholder

Sarotti-Mohr

Archived By

Richard Weaver

Bibliography

https://www.derwesten.de/panorama/riesen-zoff-um-den-sarotti-mohr-darf-er-nicht-mehr-so-heissen-id216884397.html ; https://www.jstor.org/stable/26533653?seq=1 ; https://www.catawiki.com/l/14373299-advertising-statue-for-sarotti-chocolate-from-1930

Citation

Sarotti-Mohr (Julius Gipkens), “Sarotti Moor Sculpture,” The Black Archives, accessed November 26, 2022, https://collection.theblackarchives.nl/items/show/3550.
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