Date Created (circa)
Late 19th to early 20th century
A puppet head of a man with his hair in a topknot, a thin mouth and a nose that turns up and down to reveal his nostrils. This puppet would play roles such as Shirokiya and Johachi. Dimensions: 12 3/4" x 4 1/2" x 5 3/4". 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, hair
Bunraku puppet head, Asian art
Asian Arts vault, East Olin
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