Shadow puppet made from hide in the shape of a crowned seated figure with moustache, seated between two tall lotus stems on a wing-like element painted red. The figure is depcited in frontal form, which is unusual, and there is no evidence of a rod. This is possibly a representation of Vishnu riding on his vehicle Garuda, indicated by the wing-shaped elelments below. Decorated overall with polychrome pigment and pierced detailing.
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