Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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skeleton marionette
  • United States
  • skeleton marionette, 1850s
  • Where object was made: United States
  • wood, paint, wire, leather, string, metal, glass, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 117 x 36 x 14 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 46 1/16 x 14 3/16 x 5 1/2 in
  • Gift of Hazelle H. Rollins
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5936

Large marionette shaped like a complete human skeleton. Off-white. Strings run from wooden controller through metal eyelets on clavicles to knees and other strings run to remaining joints. Elbows and knees are hinged with wire.

This marionette was part of a minstrel show that provided entertainment on Mississippi riverboats.

Small light behind eye orbits was added at a later date.