Friday, May 17, 2013

The Art of Play: An Indonesian Puppet, 1974

Crown Copyright
The Royal Collection
Images Courtesy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

From the Royal Collection, we have a puppet which is almost as old as I am.  Almost.  Made in 1974 in Indonesia, the puppet of wood, fabrications and painted plaster was presented to Queen Elizabeth II by the Governor of the Special Region of Yogyakarta and Vice-President of Indonesia, Hamengkubuwono IX during Her Majesty's State Visit to Indonesia in 1974

This traditional Indonesian rod puppet is garbed in a native style known as wayang golek.

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