Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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old woman hand puppet
  • Country Unknown
  • old woman hand puppet, late 1800s–1979
  • wood, cloth, wire, plastic, paint, string, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 46 x 25 x 10.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 18 1/8 x 9 13/16 x 4 1/8 in
  • Gift of Hazelle H. Rollins
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7411

The hand puppet depicts an old woman. She has a carved head, including a carved bonnet rather than hair. Her face has red and black detail, and she wears eyeglasses with wire side pieces and plastic lenses. She has a dark green dress or long tunic with an off-white collar over a longer black drape for the puppeteer's arm. There are two carved wooden legs between green and black cloths.

String is attached at the top of the head.