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Indonesian Wayang Golek Stick Puppet, Western Java


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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Pre 1920: Item # 1060974
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Indonesian, or more specifically West Java, stick puppet - Wayang Golek. Familiar with these from an exhibition at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco some years prior, we acquired this puppet, from a Maryland antiques market, due to its apparent character and whimsical decorative quality. Not our usual interest, we recognized the obvious hand craftsmanship and age. There is some wear to the puppet's garment (including some small holes and tears to the robe) and some distress to the face (some paint loss which can be seen in the photographs.) Otherwise, this is a good and probably large antique specimen in reasonably presentable and functional condition requiring a caring and knowledgeable home. How to measure this? Height from top of headdress to hem of the robe is 28 in. (71.12 cm). The head alone is about 8 inches (20.32 cm) from the nose tip to headdress tip.