glove puppet

Glove puppet with a flat face and head and a flat central rod. The face is a disc covered with fabric in an abstract pattern: a square on a background of stripes in red, black, white, grey, brown and blue. Long strands of black wool represent the hair.

The puppet is wearing two metal earrings; a triangular headscarf decorated with flat metal motifs - a central leaf and two stars on the forehead;a dress with long sleeves in the same red-brown material as the headscarf and a turquoise bodice surmounted with a waistcoat in purple and gold florals decorated at the neck with sequins. A triangular amulet in gold and black is pinned to the left breast.

This puppet was made in Urgut, Uzbekistan. Puppets from Urgut (to the south-east of Samarkand) are characterised by their flat, abstract faces and heads. They are made this way to avoid offending Muslim sensitivities regarding human representation. They are an old style of puppet made by village women to entertain their children and most likely, as toys for the children. They are named by the children.

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