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viking rod puppet
  • Italy
  • viking rod puppet, late 1800s–1979
  • Where object was made: Italy
  • plaster?, wood, copper?, glass?, synthetic hair, cloth, feathers, paint, carving, stamping
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 34 x 26 x 13 cm rod and strings not included in measurements
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 13 3/8 x 10 1/4 x 5 1/8 in rod and strings not included in measurements
  • Gift of Hazelle H. Rollins
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7391

The rod puppet is dressed as a viking. He has a large round head and a bulbous nose and grey synthetic hair emerging from under a copper colored cone shaped helmet. There is one horn on the proper left and red feathers where the other horn should be. He has moveable glass (?) eyes. He wears a red tunic and dark blue trousers under a copper colored suit of armor. He has a shield stamped with a fish skeleton on his proper left arm and holds a short sword in his proper right hand.

The metal rod with a red handle attaches at the top of the helmet. The flat green disc around the handle has strings that attach to the joints.