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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.    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-six inches.  The height when mounted on the stand is twenty inches.  The box measures 16 x 5.5 x 2.5 inches.  The last picture shows two boxes (KU1203 and SKU1204).  These are the only two puppets that have boxes.  See SKU 1203 to view the other one.  The box implies that this is an export item.  I will be posting many puppets, most of which are unique museum-quality works of art.