Uncanny Artist Ephemera and Objects for Artists and Collectors
  • Printing Block of an Indonesian Shadow Puppet or Wayang of Kresna

    $15.00
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    This is a 3.5" high by 2" wide Printing Block of an Indonesian Shadow Puppet or Wayang of Kresna (or Krishna).  Wayang is the shadow puppet theater found in Java and Bali and Indonesia.  The characters and stories are largely drawn from the Ramayana, the Mahabharata or the Serat Menak, which are Hindu epics.  Central to these epics is Kresna or Krishna, the god of compassion, tenderness, love and beauty and one of the most popular and widely revered among Indian divinities.  In Wayang, a puppet's specific character is identified by its headdress.  On this printing block, Krishna is wearing his iconic peacock feather crown.  The figure is shown in classic Indonesian puppet form: in profile with a long nose, almond-shaped eyes, and curvilinear mouth;  long, thin, jointed arms and legs; and highly embellished arm bands, ankle bands, and outfit.  This printing block has a thin, greenish-yellow surfaced metal top on a 0.8125" thick cutout wood block.  This Printing Block of an Indonesian Shadow Puppet or Wayang of Kresna is in Like New condition and appears never to have been used.  A wonderful piece for printing and/or display.