Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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Gretel marionette
  • Pelham Puppets
    active 1947–1993
  • Gretel marionette, mid 1900s–1979
  • Where object was made: England, United Kingdom
  • plastic, wood, felt, cloth, paint, synthetic hair, string, molding, braiding
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 30.5 x 16 x 9 cm strings not included in measurements
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 12 x 6 5/16 x 3 9/16 in strings not included in measurements
  • Gift of Hazelle H. Rollins
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7329

The figure of a girl is identified as Gretel (of "Hansel and Gretel"), wearing a red top and brown skirt. She has a large molded plastic head with braided blonde hair and a headband of felt flowers. She has a light green shawl covering most of the red top, but there is white visible at the ends of the shirt sleeves with green rick rack trim. The brown skirt has a yellow patch, and she wears a yellow and white checked apron over the top. She has green wooden shoes.

The black strings connect to the painted wood controller.