shadow puppet

Shadow puppet of Suratma, made of carved and painted leather. He has a round head, almost bald but with a topknot tied behind. His skin is painted white with dark patches, and he is unclothed apart from a loin cloth which seems to be caught up behind his back. He has a round eye and a large bestial mouth with thick red gums, as well as a protruding paunch. The character has a list of the names of those who die, and who resides in heaven.

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