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Shadow puppet of carved and painted leather of Twalen (Pandawas' assistant). He is characterised by his portly frame and always, as here, wears a loin cloth of poleng, black and white checked fabric.The puppet has an articulated jaw. He, and the other panasar, or servants, translates the Kawi spoken by the heroes and heroines into colloquial Balinese, at the same time adding humourous episodes and comments unrelated to the main story.In the Mahabharata story he is a servant on the side of the Pandawa; in the Ramayana on the side of Rama. Twalen is the most important of the four panasar, the symbol of knowledge, openheartedness and wisdom.


shadow puppet

1 item (description level: whole)
Broad category
Anthropology: Ethnography
Additional names, titles, or classifications
catalogue name:  shadow puppet

Bali, Indonesia, Southeast Asia; Asia
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made or collected:  Bali 
Date made
20th century
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date made:  20th century 
Kerlogue, Fiona
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maker or user:  Balinese 

Materials & techniques
wood; leather
overall: 614 mm x 445 mm x 17 mm
Additional measurement information
overall: 614 mm x 445 mm x 17 mm

in wayang shadow performances of the Mahabharata

Related subjects
maker or user: Balinese
object name: shadow puppets

Record created 2008-10-09 by JPYZ
Record last updated 2017-06-21 by FKERLOGUE