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male figure rod puppet
  • Indonesia
  • male figure rod puppet, late 1800s–1962
  • Where object was made: Jawa, Indonesia
  • wood, paint, cloth, ribbon, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 78.5 x 19 x 14 cm height taken together, including rods
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 30 7/8 x 7 1/2 x 5 1/2 in height taken together, including rods
  • Gift from the estate of Gertrude W. Green
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7307.a,b

The rod puppet has a separated head (2007.7307.a) and body (2007.7307.b) with articulated arms.

The head has a white face with black outlines around the eyes and a thin black mustache and goatee. The backward projecting headdress is black with gold flowers and gold crescents on the sides. It ends in a curlicue. The puppet has a gold neck.

The torso and arms are painted gold. The arms and elbows are articulated with string. The wooden rod attaches at each hand (though one is currently not attached). The scalloped piece of trim goes around the neck with both ends trailing down the front, and is secured at the waist with dark red velvet ribbon. The puppet wears a long skirt in blue, off-white, and orange. There is a rod under the skirt instead of legs.