Date Created (circa)
Late 19th to early 20th century
This puppet head has black eyebrows that move up and down and eyes that cross, while its mouth is in a permanent grimace. Its hair is pulled back into a single knot on the back of its head. This puppet plays the roles of Heitaro and Chozaemon. Dimensions: 12 1/2" x 5" x 7". 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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