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Samurai hand puppet
  • Country Unknown
  • Samurai hand puppet, late 1800s–1979
  • wood, cloth, plant fiber?, paint, carvng
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 28.5 x 20 x 5.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 11 1/4 x 7 7/8 x 2 3/16 in
  • Gift of Hazelle H. Rollins
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7347

The hand puppet has a grotesque head and tufts of white plant fiber on either side. The face is grey with thick black eyebrows, pink cheeks and large lower canine teeth. The garment has a yellow band across the arms and shoulders with irregular red and white shapes. There is a red band below with blue-green circles, then a blue-green band with yellow and red sun shapes and irregular pink shapes. The remainder of the garment has red and yellow vertical stripes with green wavy lines across. He has black shoes.