This puppet head's hair is pulled back into a ponytail at the back of the head, though is balding on the top. It's moth gapes open, but can be closed as its eyebrows can also move up an down. Its eyes are painted on and its nose is very broad, along with its face. This puppet would play the parts of Kamiji or Taileishu. Dimensions: 12 3/4" x 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
Bunraku puppet head, Asian art
Asian Arts vault, East Olin
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