Date Created (circa)
Late 19th - early 20th centuries
This puppet head's features are all painted on, including its large black eyes, red grimace, large eyebrows, and black nose hairs. When a latch is released, the face falls forward, revealing a flat, red, second face beneath. This face is also painted with black and white details, though the eyes can roll. Dimensions: 14" x 4 1/2" x 4 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, metal and paper
Bunraku puppet head, Asian art
Asian Arts vault, East Olin
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