Date Created (circa)
Late 19th century
This puppet's hair is pulled back into an ornate bun decorated by a yellow, tortoise shell comb and pick, as well as a metal pin with an ornate foliage design on the end. Its eyes can open and close and its mouth is slightly open. This puppet would play the roles of Tonase, Sagami, and Onoue. Dimensions: 11 3/4" x 6 1/2" 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, metal, tortoise shell
Bunraku puppet head, Asian art
Asian Arts vault, East Olin
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