glove puppet

Glove puppet with a head formed from what is probably a painted gourd. Dark brown/black eyes, rosebud mouth, long eyelashes, red ears; shaped moustache and small beard. Wears a yellow lambswool 'hat' made of foam possibly indicating that he is one of the White Sheep people or Akkoy. Dressed in a robe of synthetic fabric which is striped in red, black and blue on a pale background. The robe is edged at the front closure and cuffs with gold and black synthetic trim. The 'soft', perhaps gormless, expression and features suggest a comic character, perhaps a juvenile lead. Related to 1999.149 and 1999.148. Also compare with other puppets bought from Khiva.

Made by Uzbeks (possibly Karakalpaks). Used by Uzbeks. Collected 18.9.98.
Cost to purchase in 1998: US$8.

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