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Japanese Bunraku Puppet Head of Old Woman
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Japanese Bunraku Puppet Head of Old Woman

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Dolls: Pre 1900: Item # 1157329
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An interesting Japanese puppet head of an old woman used in Bunraku, the traditional puppet theater developed in the Edo period by Uemura Bunrakuken, which the name of the puppet theater was derived from. The puppet consists of several moving parts. The head and neck are two separate pieces that move up and down. The bar on the bottom assist the puppet master to move the head in various ways and the rope as a lever. Age: 19th century. Size: Height: 11" Width: 7" Length: 4"