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Wayang Golek Puppet

Wayang Golek stick puppet, wood, batik cloth and polychrome paint, Java, L. 20th Century, 24" tall

SKU: NOB1103-19-122

This is a Wayang golek stick puppet, in wood, bakik cloth and polychrome paint.  Wayang golek are wooden doll puppets that are operated from below by rods connected to the hands and a central control rod that runs through the body to the head.   Wayang golek most likely originated in China and arrived in Java sometime in the 17th century.  These puppets are commonly used to tell the stories of the Hindu epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabarata.  Java, L. 20th Century, 24" tall