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Yao Puppet Head

Yao Puppet Head

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Folk Art: Pre 1980: Item # 1060146

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Unusual “talking head” from the Yao (aka Mien) ethnic minority, Northern Thailand, this piece was not meant to be part of a complete body. As far as I know the Yao do not have a tradition of puppetry so I am guessing this was probably a toy carved to amuse the kids, never seen anything like this before. Very well carved with an expressive face. Both the lower jar and upper face articulate by pulling the strings, obvious cracks, on the side approximately 40 or 50 years old, H: 16cm/6.2in