Date Created (circa)
Perhaps circa 1750
This puppet head has large, fierce eyes that move and cross, eyebrows that can go up and down, and its hair is pulled into three messy topknots. This puppet would play the role of Yuranosuke. Dimensions: 16" x 7 1/2" x 5 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, human hair
Bunraku puppet head, Asian art
Asian Arts vault, East Olin
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