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shadow puppet representing a commanding officer
  • China
  • shadow puppet representing a commanding officer, late 1800s–1979
  • Where object was made: China
  • donkey skin?, paint, metal, wood, string
  • Object Height/Width: 36.5 x 15.5 cm height includes lowest rod
    Object Height/Width: 14 3/8 x 6 1/8 in height includes lowest rod
  • Gift of Hazelle H. Rollins
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1404

The human figure is attached with string at the joints and there is a rod for manipulation on each hand. The face is a cut out in profile with an elaborate headdress. Each segment of clothing (except the upper arm) has a red flower and green stem with leaves. The arms are now immobile.