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"Bright Star" Indian marionette
  • United States
  • "Bright Star" Indian marionette, date unknown
  • Where object was made: United States
  • wood, felt, bead, paint, marionette strings
  • Gift from the Rosemary Ketcham Collection
  • Not on display
  • 0000.2252
Description

Female figure carved wooden boby with articulated shoulders. Elbows, hips, knees, neck and waist. Long skirt and matching shirt of leather-looking felt fabric in cream color. Designs sewn on in beads of dark blue, light blue, red and white. Beaded head band and boots in the same colors. Necklace in black, red and yellow beads. Black hair brought into braids on each side of the head. Carved and painted facial features. Marionette strings are attached to the head, hands, thighs and feet. Fringe at sleeves, hem and bottom of shirt.