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wayang golek (rod puppet)
  • Indonesia
  • wayang golek (rod puppet), late 1800s–1979
  • Where object was made: Jawa, Indonesia
  • wood, paint, cloth, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 72.5 x 24 x 13 cm height includes rods
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 28 9/16 x 9 7/16 x 5 1/8 in height includes rods
  • Gift of Hazelle H. Rollins
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7310

The rod puppet has a carved wooden head. The head has a blotchy red and pink face with a red and yellow headdress with black hair and stylized curls. It has a long sleeved red top with a black and white patterned triangle from the shoulders to the bottom center of the shirt. There are white bands at the ends of the sleeves. The long skirt is white with diagonal rows in blue and light brown squares and irregular shapes.

There is a very short rod under the skirt. The arms are articulated at the shoulders and elbows with rods at either hand.