rod puppet

Rod puppet of a seated woman making butter, carved in wood with appropriate miniature clothing and vegetable fibre hair. The puppet has wire-operated head and arms.

Used in village plays during festivals. Characters in these puppet plays were based on roles in the medieval mystery and morality plays, including devils, angels, and Death, as well as regional and ethnic types. This one may possibly represent a witch, as she is sometimes depicted churning butter.

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