Uncanny Artist Ephemera and Objects for Artists and Collectors
  • Javanese Wayang Kulit (Shadow Puppet)

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    Traditionally, this Javanese shadow puppet is used in Indonesia to perform their versions of the Indian Hindu epics. This figure is made of painted leather with a central wood pole to hold the puppet, two smaller wood  poles to move his jointed arms, and a cord to move his jaw.  He measures 11" high (17" including the pole). He is characterized by a fat belly, one upper tooth and a black topknot. His skin is painted a deep grayed pink. He is wearing a black and white checked loincloth and a colorful hat and belt. Some of the lines of his body have been perforated with holes. Age, maker and name of this character are unknown. In good condition; some of the paint has flaked off revealing a painted undercoat.