Javanese Puppet [Object of the Day #80]

October 9, 2012



Today’s object is a Javanese puppet made in the early 20th century. It is a male figure wearing a black, gold, and red fez cap. His red hair is tied up into a bun at the back of his neck with a black and white striped band. The puppet is clothed in a tight black tunic adorned with five large gilt buttons and a light pink batik skirt with pale blue flowers. The skirt contrasts the character’s dark blue and pink batik sash that he wears around his waist.

Penn Museum Object #29-91-152

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