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rod puppet depicting Jaruha
  • Poland
    active: Poland
  • rod puppet depicting Jaruha, mid 1900s–1982
  • Where object was made: Warsaw, Poland
  • wood, cloth, pigment, metal, monofilament, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 167 x 19 x 16 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 65 3/4 x 7 1/2 x 6 5/16 in
  • Gift of Hazelle H. Rollins
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7449

The large rod puppet depicts a Polish witch known as Jaruha. It has an ovular shaped head with twigs and shredded bark for hair. The round eyes are slightly raised, the lips are slightly smiling. It has no nose. The arms are articulated at the shoulders only. It holds a stick in the proper right hand. He wears an off-white cloth draped from the proper right shoulder to the proper left waist and down, which has been colored with white pigment. The figure is roughly carved. It has no legs. There is a rod for manipulation in the center with a metal loop that connects to the head via a metal rod. A lenth of monofilament travels from the proper left arm to a second metal loop.