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Roman soldier rod puppet
  • United States
  • Roman soldier rod puppet, late 1800s–1979
  • Where object was made: United States
  • papier-mâché?, wood, paint, cloth, synthetic hair, wire, monofilament
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 86 x 32 x 10 cm rods included in measurements
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 33 7/8 x 12 5/8 x 3 15/16 in rods included in measurements
  • Gift of Hazelle H. Rollins
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7392

The standing figure is wearing a gold colored breast plate over a red-purple tunic and white tights with knee high black boots, intended as the costume of a Roman soldier. He has a red-purple cape with sheer white lining. He has short brown hair and large blue eyes and articulated arms.

There is a black wooden rod with a handle between the figure's legs and a wire rod with a wooden handle attaches to the proper left hand which is not currently attached to the wrist. The hands are attached to the neck by monofilament and there is a pullstring down the back.