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Japanese man hand and rod puppet with hat
  • Japan
  • Japanese man hand and rod puppet with hat, late 1800s–1979
  • Where object was made: Japan
  • papier-mâché, paint, cloth, foil, paper
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: a) 26 x 21.5 x 4 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: a) 10 1/4 x 8 7/16 x 1 9/16 in
    Object Height/Width/Depth: b) 12 x 4.5 x 5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: b) 4 3/4 x 1 3/4 x 1 15/16 in
  • Gift of Hazelle H. Rollins
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7345.a,b

The puppet of a man (2007.7345.a) has a gold head with black hair. He wears a red dress-like garment and has a rod to manipulate each hand. The bottom of the garment is light blue edged with pink. The red portion is edged with green trim. There is a yellow and black medallion in the center of the light blue portion. The figure has pink legs with black shoes.

The hat (2007.7345.b) has a paper form covered with pink cloth that extends down the back. The hat itself extends upward with a green design on the vertical portion. Silver foil edges the hat. There are small red and white flowers attached to the hat.