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Naika marionette

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    India (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1965 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood, composition, paint, fabric, metallic ribbon and string

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the British Puppet and Model Theatre Guild

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Marionette of the Indian character Naika, with composite moulded face and hands, painted with facial features, curled moustache and beard, and conical gold headdress and decorative shoulder-guards. He wears a long robe with a lilac long-sleeved top and maroon and yellow checked skirt with gold metallic ribbon trim. With a hole in the headdress for one central head-string.

Place of Origin

India (made)


ca.1965 (made)


Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Wood, composition, paint, fabric, metallic ribbon and string


Height: 33 cm

Object history note

Made in the 1960s to a traditional Indian design

Descriptive line

Marionette of the Indian mythological character Naika. Indian, ca.1965, made to a traditional design


Wood; Composition (material); Paint; Cloth; Ribbon; String (fiber product)


Moulding; Painting; Sewing; Carving


Entertainment & Leisure; Puppetry


Theatre and Performance Collection

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