Date Created (circa)
The puppet head of woman with an extravagant, silver headdress ornamented by small, pink butterflies. Her long black hear is pulled back, but two long ponytails hang down on either side of her face. Her eyes can open and close and have pink eye shadow behind them. The roles this puppet would play in a Bunraku performance include Yaegaki-hime, Toki-hime, Yuki-hime, Hatsugiku, etc. Dimensions: 11 1/4 x 5 1/4" 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 and lacquered wood, hair, paper, gold & silver foil
Bunraku puppet head, Asian art
Asian Arts vault, East Olin
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