Zumrat (Cinderella)

Glove puppet with a central rod. The puppet is of Zumrat (Cinderella). The puppet is large, with a large, wooden head, carved in a "Disney-like" style (possibly demonstrating Russian and Western influences). She has been given large, slanting eyes; blue-edged eyelids; thin, unjoined eyebrows; a small, retrousse nose; a smiling, red mouth; profuse blue-green, plaited hair tied at the ends with orange-coloured, cotton strips. She is wearing a plain, cream, cotton undershirt and; a plain, cream dress, patched crudely with large, green swatches of material stitched onto the skirt with grey thread. She also wears a round, pink, fur hat (DOPPE), sewn with orange sequins, and a pale-green waistcoat.

The style of this puppet is Russian rather than Central Asian, per se, - a Russian fantasy of "Central Asia". The puppet shows signs of some usage, although the head is undamaged. It perhaps dates from Akobirov Burons' (the Bukhara English Puppet Theatre Director) training in Tashkent. His time in Tashkent (an area strongly influenced by the Russians under the USSR), and his theatre's association with the American Peace Corps, from which it receives help and inspiration, may explain the difference in style to other Uzbek puppets, in particular, this puppet's western- and Russian-style features.

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