shadow puppet

Shadow figure made from elephant hide, depicting a man, possibly a farmer. The puppet is attached to a central rod with vegetable fibre cord, and has an articulated jaw and jointed right arm, which is attached to a small rod. The puppet is barefoot, and wears a sash around the chest, a black sarong, and a red waistband. It has pierced detailing.

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