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snake charmer kathputli marionette
  • India
  • snake charmer kathputli marionette, late 1800s–1979
  • Where object was made: Rājasthān, India
  • wood, paint, cloth, string, foil, metal thread, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 42 x 13.5 x 8 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 16 9/16 x 5 5/16 x 3 1/8 in
  • Gift of Hazelle H. Rollins
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7308

The standing male figure has a white head with large eyes, prominent eyebrows and a black mustache. He has a red and gold hat over which sits a black cobra with his hood flared. The snake charmer wears a blue-green long sleeved top with red at his neck, and full red pants. He is holding a stuffed blue-green object with red and white detail in his arms. There is a black string from his mouth to the flute, another at the top of the snake, and another to the back of his head.