Date Created (circa)
Late 19th to early 20th century
This puppet head's hair is pulled back into an orate headdress made out of thin silver streamers, red tassels, and red and pink silk flowers, which are on the crown of its head as well as dangle over its eyes. The puppet's mouth is slightly open and it's eyes can open and close. It would have played roles such as Osome or Osato. Dimensions: 11" x 5" 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 wood, lacquer, human hair, silk, paper, metal
Bunraku puppet head, Asian art
Asian Arts vault, East Olin
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