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Burmese or Siamese dancer finger puppet
  • Country Unknown
  • Burmese or Siamese dancer finger puppet, late 1800s–1979
  • papier-mâché?, cloth, beads, paint, foil?, sequins, beading
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 25 x 13 x 4 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 9 13/16 x 5 1/8 x 1 9/16 in
  • Gift of Hazelle H. Rollins
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7394

The female dancer, dressed in Burmese or Siamese style, is operated by moving the legs with the fingers. She has a round head with painted facial features and black hair. She wears a gold foil hat shaped like a stepped cone. She wears white beaded bracelets and earrings. Her top is decorated on the bust with beads and sequins, the puffed sleeves are made of iridescent gold cloth. The puffed pants are made of the same cloth with a triangular beaded decoration at the waist. The gold colored shoes are turned up at the toe, revealing a beaded sole.