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shadow puppet

shadow puppet

  • Place of origin:

    Java (made)

  • Date:

    19th century

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    South-East Asia, Room 47a, case 18

Place of Origin

Java (made)


19th century


Length: 76 cm, Width: 43 cm

Descriptive line

Puppets, leather, pierced painted gilt, Java.

Labels and date

Wayang Kulit Puppet
About 1850
One of the most characteristic Javanese art forms is the
Wayang Purwa or shadow puppet performance. Mentioned in
Javanese sources as early as the 10th century, it draws heavily
on stories from the Mahabharata and Ramayana. This figure
is the wise king Kresna, the guide and mentor of the Pandawa
brothers in the Mahabharata.
Leather and wood
Indonesia (Java)
Museum no. IS.36:25-1881 [14/06/2011]


South & South East Asia Collection

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