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shadow puppet depicting a horse-drawn coach
  • Indonesia
  • shadow puppet depicting a horse-drawn coach, early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Java or Bali, Indonesia
  • hide, paint
  • Object Height/Width: 44 x 79 cm
    Object Height/Width: 17 5/16 x 31 1/8 in
  • Anonymous gift
  • Not on display
  • 2012.0059

Shadow puppet made from painted hide depicting a horse-drawn carriage. The puppet is painted on both sides with the same design. At the front of the carriage there are two horses, one painted black and the other painted white that are wearing brightly colored bridles and have pink, gold and blue plumes on their heads The carriage has large wheels that are black with red outlines and numerous long spokes. The carriage is ornately decorated with red and gold scrolls at the bottom, doors painted with red, gold and blue patterns, a blue half circle at the top with gold floral patterns and at the very top there are two long dragons that have pink and white bodies, green and gold heads with open mouths and gold teeth and there are gold dots along their bodies. The driver of the carriage is seated at the front and wears black shoes, white pants, a green jacket with gold floral patterns, a white shirt and black hat. The face of the driver is painted pink and has very stylized features with a very long nose, large ears and very large eyes. The man at the back of the carriage is wearing a long pink coat, dark blue pants, a white shirt and dark blule hat. His face and hands are painted gold and he has similar factial features as the driver. He appears to be holding a large umbrella or parasol that is in a mostly closed position, and is dark green with gold trim and gold handle.