This puppet's head is crowed by a large pointed (dunce-like) had which is patterned by alternating black and gold, horizontal stripes and two, large, red dots on either side. Its eyes and mouth move, while its hair and little mustache are painted on. This puppet would play the roles of good-natured characters. Dimensions: 12 3/4" x 2 3/4" x 6 1/2". For more information about Bunraku puppets see: http://www2.ntj.jac.go.jp/unesco/bunraku/en/.Two other valuable resources published by Whitman College discussing its collection of Bunraku puppets include "The Doll Theatre: Bunraku Puppets in the Whitman Collection" (1995) and "Moveable Mysteries: The Immortality of Bunraku Puppet Theatre" (2009). See the Sheehan Gallery website to purchase either text.
Carved wood, lacquer, heavy paper
Bunraku puppet head, Asian art
Asian Arts vault, East Olin
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