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 with a trim of white and gold. Its eyes and mouth move, while its eyebrows and red/blue makeup is painted on its face. Its hair is pulled back and helps hold the hat on its head. This puppet would have played good-natured characters. Dimensions: 14" x 3 3/4" x 5". 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, human hair, paper, gold foil
Bunraku puppet head, Asian art
Asian Arts vault, East Olin
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