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wayang kulit (shadow puppet) representing Gatutakatja
  • Indonesia
  • wayang kulit (shadow puppet) representing Gatutakatja, late 1800s–1879
  • Where object was made: Bali, Indonesia
  • parchment, paint, horn, string
  • Object Height/Width: 84 x 42 cm height includes middle rod
    Object Height/Width: 33 1/16 x 16 1/2 in height includes middle rod
  • Gift of Hazelle H. Rollins
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1407

The large human figure is wearing a black mask and elaborate headdress. The figure is jointed with pegs and has three horn rods for manipulation. The exposed skin is black. The figure is wearing elaborate arm bands and two bracelets at each wrist. The attire is a vest-like garment that projects upward in the back. The bottom is a skirt-like garment with a triangular red panel. The attire is all very elaborate, with scrolls of gold, and elements of red, blue, and light purple.

This was a show puppet for professional use.