puppet; wayang golek

Carved and painted wooden rod puppet, wayang golek, probably depicting a foreigner, with ugly downward sloping features, a prominent nose and a beard made from white fibres. Dressed in a long red velvet jacket, somewhat faded, which fastens with buttons at the front, and has gold epaulettes, and a green and pink check cloth sarung. He has a twined cord in two colours across his body and a kris in a sheath made in one piece. On his head is a round hat, or topi, similar to a pith helmet, with a crest at the front and boss on top. Beneath this the more traditional headdress associated with puppets representing Javanese characters appears in carved wood. One rod attached to the right hand; that belonging to the left hand is missing.

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