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woman kathputli marionette
  • India
  • woman kathputli marionette, late 1800s–1979
  • Where object was made: Rājasthān, India
  • wood, paint, cloth, metal thread, string
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 53.5 x 44 x 7.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 21 1/16 x 17 5/16 x 2 15/16 in
  • Gift of Hazelle H. Rollins
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7309

The female marionette has a light colored head and a prominent nose. She has a crown-like headdress in green, red, blue, and yellow. There is black and red detail on her face. She wears a black top with gold stripes on the sleeves and a platter-like collar. She has a full, ruffled skirt in red with green, yellow, and a dark blue leaf or flower design, a pink layer with woven texture, and a dark red layer with yellow detail and a dark blue and gold band.

The strings at her wrists are no longer attached.

High pitched voices would have been provided by performers speaking through bamboo and leather reeds.