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Singer Midgets
  • Orval Hixon
    born: Ray County, Missouri, United States ; died: Lawrence, Kansas, United States
  • Singer Midgets, circa 1925
  • Where object was made: United States
  • gelatin silver print
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 21.6 x 28.5 cm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 8 1/2 x 11 1/4 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 27.9 x 35.3 cm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 11 x 13 7/8 in
    Mat Dimensions: 14 x 19 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Orval Hixon
  • Not on display
  • 1971.0264

Black-and-white image of eight figures in front of a black background, wearing elaborate costumes. Two figures in the left side of the image are kneeling and bowing toward a female figure who is standing in the center of the image. She is wearing the most elaborate costume; a large, feathered headdress, a long, satin skirt, and a beaded, bikini style top. There is a figure in the left side of the image seated in front of a large drum, and two figures in the right side of the image are playing smaller drums. All of the figures are wearing beaded headdresses and long, beaded skirts.