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Indonesian Wayang Puppet. Hand-carved and painted wood with hand stitched fabric and ornamentation. Dimensions 6 x 19 x 6".

Wayang is Indonesia’s puppet theatre art. For centuries Wayang flourished at the royal courts of Java and Bali as well as in rural areas; with two most popular ones called Wayang Kulit (shadow puppets made of leather) and Wayang Golek (wooden rod puppets). Wayang is performed by a master puppeteer (dalang) who manipulates the swiveling arms while singers and musicians play complex melodies to convey folktales, which ranges from more dramatic tales to comedy legends.

Narada is a sage divinity, famous in Hindu traditions as a travelling musician and storyteller, who carries news and enlightening wisdom.

Indonesian Puppet Narada AP0023

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