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String puppet in the shape of a minthamee (princess) with a cross-bar in the shape of a small, naked boy holding two birds. The puppet is dressed in a top, a panniered jacket, and a skirt with a long tail, in colourful fabrics. The jacket and skirt are embroidered all over with sequins and thread. The puppet is wearing a beaded necklace with faceted glass pendants (one detached and missing), gold-painted earplugs, two gold bangles on each wrist and a ring decorated with glass. The face, hands and feet of the puppet and the cross-bar are decorated with paint. The puppet has strings attached to: the back of each hand; the lower part of each upper arm; the side of the head above each ear; from the back of the head behind the ear and from the centre of the lower back at waist level. She also has strings attached to the back of the shoulders. These are tied with the other strings.

There is a crescent-shaped part wrapped in metallic thread, separate from the puppet, but which is possibly a part of it.


string puppet

2 items (description level: whole)

Broad category
Anthropology: Ethnography
Additional names, titles, or classifications
catalogue name:  string puppet
catalogue title:  minthamee

Myanmar (Burma), Southeast Asia, Asia
Additional place information
made or collected:  Myanmar (Burma) 

Materials & techniques
plant fibre; paint; hair; glass; wood; paper; textile
Additional material & technique information
technique: textile (costume)
material: glass (decoration)
material: hair (decoration)
material: paint (decoration)
material: wood (overall)
material: paper (re-inforcement)
material: plant fibre (strings, thread)
overall: 580 mm x 325 mm x 80 mm
Additional measurement information
approximately overall: 580 mm x 325 mm x 80 mm

Related subjects
association: Family and Home
object name: string puppets

Record created 2017-11-09 by JWHITSONCLOUD
Record last updated 2018-05-04 by SWATSON

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