Puppet in the form of a man with a black painted ceramic face and long dark hair and beard made from textile fibres or hair. Puppet has pink textile, possibly silk, costume edged with white textile and fur. Costume decorated with a circular blue silk panel in centre and overall patterns made from coloured sequins, metallic thread and metal beads with central glass panels. There are two legs made of white fabric stuffed with padding, ending with wooden black boots with raised white soles.

This puppet was purchased by Anthony Shelton from a U.S. dealer for $250. There was no information with it other than that it was thought to have been made in the 1940s or 1950s. It came with four other puppets in a set. It was tentatively identified by Ken Teague as representing Judge Pao.

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