String puppet depicting a village girl in a wide skirt and apron, blue waistcoat, and long-sleeved blouse. The plaster head, hands, legs and shoes are painted. A metal rod and operating bar are attached through the head, with four textile strings tied to the hands and legs.
In the first half of the 20th century there were four main manufacturers of puppets, with around 100 different characters. The characters were largely stock characters which could be used to tell a variety of stories. Story books were also produced and families would perform the stories in their homes. Faust and Don Juan were popular. Many were Czech folk tales. 'Death and the Godmother' was one. The devil featured in many stories. Å aldovÃ¡, Lenka, Dr. Theatre Department, Czech National Museum. 2014.