West Javan puppet doll

A painted wooden puppet. Consisting of two parts with the head permanently detached from the body. The puppet is dressed in a skirt and bodice made of velvet, cotton and sequins. Thread forms the joints that attach the limbs to the body. She also wears an elaborated decorative backpiece that is looped around both her arms to rest behind the head, possibly made of a vinyl that has been painted. It appears that a third piece, the puppeters stick that would also provide the support for the head, has been lost.
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Wood, paint, fabric, thread, sequins and vinyl.
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Collection of Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato
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