Date Created (circa)
Late 19th to early 20th century
This puppet head's hair is pulled back into a bun with a tortoise shell comb and matching yellow pick. Its mouth is slightly open and it's eyes can open and close. This puppet would play the part of Tonase Nozakimura. Dimensions: 14 1/4" x 8" x 7 1/4". 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, human hair, tortoise shell
Bunraku puppet head, Asian art
Asian Arts vault, East Olin
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