Date Created (circa)
Late 19th to 20th century
A puppet head of a young girl wearing a yellow, tortoise shell comb and small pink ribbon in her hair. He mouth is slightly open and her eyes can open and close. This puppet head plays the role of osome, osato, etc. in Bunraku performances. Dimensions: 12" x 4 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 and lacquered wood, hair, silk
Bunraku puppet head, Asian art
Asian Arts vault, East Olin
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