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wayang kulit (shadow puppet)
  • Indonesia
  • wayang kulit (shadow puppet), late 1800s–1979
  • Where object was made: Indonesia
  • water buffalo parchment?, paint, wood, horn, string
  • Object Height/Width: 57 x 22 cm
    Object Height/Width: 22 7/16 x 8 5/8 in
  • Gift of Hazelle H. Rollins
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1406

The human figure is jointed with wood pegs. Wooden rods attach to each hand and the body for manipulation. The female figure has a white face but the rest of the exposed skin is pewter colored. She is wearing an elaborate headdress and a yellow dress with pink frills. She has bands on each upper arm and bracelets.

This figure may be Surtikant, one of King Salja's three daughters or she may represent a "woman of the night."