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wayang golek (rod puppet)
  • Indonesia
  • wayang golek (rod puppet), late 1800s–1979
  • Where object was made: Indonesia
  • wood, cloth, ribbon, wire, paint, carving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 56.5 x 15 x 10 cm depth of head
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 22 1/4 x 5 7/8 x 3 7/8 in depth of head
  • Gift of Hazelle H. Rollins
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1537

The wooden rod puppet may represent a character from the Mahabarata. He is a human figure with an oblong head, most of which is a gold headress over black hair, painted on the head. The face is white. The visible body is gold. The figure is wearing a tan, brown, and black batik dress. He is also wearing a black velvet-like yoke over his shoulders and a strip down the front of his torso. The velvet is embellished with star-like designs that are threads wrapped with silver wire, and the strip ends in pink fringe. He's wearing a white sash.

The wooden rods attach at the hands to manipulate the jointed arms.