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rod puppet
  • Russia
  • rod puppet, late 1800s–1892
  • Where object was made: Moscow, Soviet Union (present-day Russia)
  • wood, felt, cloth, velvet, paint, cord, plastic, leather, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 107 x 40 x 19 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 42 1/8 x 15 3/4 x 7 1/2 in
  • Gift of Hazelle H. Rollins
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7342

The human-like figure has a wooden body that is articulated with strips of leather or cord and metal eyelets at some of the joints. It has purple with orange felt hair and orange fringe at the shoulders, wrists, knees, and ankles. He wears a two-tone gold colored velvet garmet that resembles puffed shorts. His forearms are wrapped with black velvet and there are painted gold cord spirals down either forearm. There is gold fringe at his neck and gold trim at the fringe on his wrists, knees, and ankles. His cloth hands are painted purple.

A long rod covered with black cloth attaches at the neck. There are two short rods, also covered in black cloth, from the feet.