The Coloureds' Codex, An Overseers’ Guide to Comparative Complexion



A wooden display case containing fifteen pots of coloured pigment, each related to a skin tone and classification of person involved in the slave trade (eg. 'white overseer'). The interior of the lid of the box features printed illustrations of a plantation owner inspecting an enslaved person. There is also a eugenics diagram featuring cranial, facial and other physical measurements of the enslaved person's body.