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  • Wayang Golek - Indonesian Shadow Puppet

    $60.00 $45.00
    There is only 1 item left in stock.

    Wayang Golek - a traditional Indonesian puppet used in performances of sacred Hindu texts (the Ramayana and the Mahabarata).  This is old and is in excellent condition, shows signs of use. Fabric may be worn and faded, wooden parts may have scratches, dents, chipped paint, etc. (see pictures).  The puppet is constructed of carved wood, cloth, and paint.  The head is mounted on a central rod that passes through the torso, allowing the head to turn independently of the torso. The arms are articulated, with the joints attached with string.  Wooden rods are attached to the hands, allowing the puppeteer to make expressive gestures.  Most of the puppet characters, including this one, are males, and all of them wear long skirts that will conceal the puppeteer's hand as he operates the rod. There may be as many as 200 characters in a story, and the performance can last all night.  The central rod of this puppet has been replaced by an equivalent vintage rod.  The only way you can tell that it has been replaced is that it is slightly too long for the box.  A small wooden stand is included for display purposes.  The height from the top of the head to the hem of the skirt is twenty-five inches.  The height when mounted on the stand is twenty-three inches.  The box measures 16 x 5.5 x 2.5 inches.   See SKU 1204 to view the other one of this pair. The last picture in 1204 shows two boxes (KU1203 and SKU1204). These are my only two puppets that have boxes.  The box usualIy indicates that the puppet was an export item.  I estimate that this puppet is at least fifty years old.  I will be posting many puppets, most of which are unique museum-quality works of art.