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shadow puppet depicting a tiger
  • Indonesia
  • shadow puppet depicting a tiger, early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Java or Bali, Indonesia
  • hide, paint, horn, string, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 65 x 74 x 3 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 25 9/16 x 29 1/8 x 1 3/16 in
  • Anonymous gift
  • Not on display
  • 2012.0057

Shadow puppet made from a painted piece of hide attached to a horn handle. Both sides of the hide are painted with the same design. The hide is cut into the shape of a tiger seen from the side and walking on all four legs. The tiger's mouth is slightly open, revealing large white teeth. Each foot has five long toes with large white claws. The tail is long and curled into a spiral at the end. The tiger's body is painted with a dark red-orange field with lighter details of orange and yellow at the edges. The entire body is covered with short black stripes that taper at the ends. Below the tiger's feet there is a wide red strip that curves up at either end. In the center of the tiger's body there is a handle carved from brown horn. The handle tapers to a point at the bottom end and widens where it attaches to the body. The section of the handle that attaches to the tiger's body is wide and flat and there is a small notch where the hide puppet inserts into the handle. The handle attaches to the body with white string in two places.