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marionette of a man wearing a straw hat
  • Country Unknown
  • marionette of a man wearing a straw hat, late 1800s–1979
  • cloth, wood, string, paint, plant fiber, plaster?, synthetic hair, carving, weaving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 39.5 x 28 x 9 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 15 1/2 x 11 x 3 1/2 in
  • Gift of Hazelle H. Rollins
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5048

The marionette is of a man with a pink plaster head. He has a bulbous nose and blue eyes. White tufts of hair are visible under a woven straw hat. He is wearing white trousers and a top with a red vest. He has red platforms, the suggestion of shoes. His left hand has a stick with yellow strips of cloth and a yellow bowtie at his neck. He does not have a body beneath the clothes.

There are black strings from each ankle, wrist and head to a small wooden cross for hand control.