puppets

 Mt. Merapi Volcano "Kayon" "Wayang Kulit" Javanese Shadow Puppet by Tri Suwarno
SKU: INDOP-1107

Wayang Kulit shadow puppet by Tri Suwarno from Java, Indonesia, c.2010.
Water buffalo hide body painted with water-based paints, with water buffalo horn and bamboo handles (22" h. x 15" w. x 1/2" d., 31" h. including 9" handle).
"The Kayon or "Tree of Life" puppet is used in every performance to begin and end the show, to mark scene divisions, to represent the natural elements, extreme emotions, and a palace, home, forest or other type of place."  This Kayon specifically depicts the volcano Mt. Merapi, which erupted in Ocober 2010, and depicts the destruction of the villages below. It and the puppet of the "Volcano Keeper" Mbah Marijan who refused to leave his post and perished in the eruption, were both created by artist Tri Suwarno shortly after the event.  See the BBC story Spiritual guardian of Indonesian volcano dies.

$425

Gayon Fire Monster - "Wayang Kulit" Javanese Shadow Puppet
SKU: INDOP-2203

Wayang Kulit Shadow puppet from Java, Indonesia, mid-20th century.
Water buffalo hide body painted with water-based paints, with buffalo horn handle.  (32” h. x 18” w. x 1/2” d., 40 1/2“ h. including handle.)

The "Kayon" (gayon) puppet is used in every performance to begin and end the show, to mark scene divisions, to represent the natural elements, extreme emotions, and a palace, home, forest or other type of place." 

$425

Bamana Rod Puppet
SKU: AFS-082

20th century
Traditional Bamana puppet on stand.  Wood, oil paint, fabric, with custom stand.
(28.5" h.l x 13" w. x 4" d.)
A similar puppet from the Rosen collection is shown on page 153 of their book The Colorful Sogo Bo Puppets of Mali.

$350

Tiger  - Antique "Wayang Kulit" Javanese Shadow Puppet
SKU: INDOP-2201

Wayang Kulit Shadow puppet from Java, Indonesia, mid-20th century.
Water buffalo hide body painted with water-based paints, with bamboo handle.  (14" h. x 24" w. x 1/2" d., 23" h. including handle).

$185

Buffalo - Antique "Wayang Kulit" Javanese Shadow Puppet
SKU: INDOP-2202

Wayang Kulit Shadow puppet from Java, Indonesia, mid-20th century.
Water buffalo hide body painted with water-based paints, with bamboo handle.  (14" h. x 24" w. x 1/2" d., 22 1/2“ h. including handle).

$175

Warrior - Antique "Wayang Kulit" Javanese Shadow Puppet
SKU: INDOP-2204

Wayang Kulit shadow puppet by unknown artist from Java, Indonesia,mid-20th century.
Water buffalo hide body painted with water-based paints, with water buffalo horn handles (19” h. x 10 1/2” w. x 1/2” d., 25 1/2” h. including  6" handle).

$175

"Mbah Marijan" (The Volcano Keeper) "Wayang Kulit" Javanese Shadow Puppet by Tri Suwarno
SKU: INDOP-1106

Wayang Kulit shadow puppet by Tri Suwarno from Java, Indonesia, c.2010.
Water buffalo hide body painted with water-based paints, with water buffalo horn and bamboo handles (13" h. x 5 1/2" w. x 1/2" d., 21" h. including 8" handle).
This puppet commemorates the life and death of Mbah Marijan (Maridjan), the hereditary spiritual guardian of Java's Mt. Merapi volcano.  When the volcano erupted in October 2010, the 83 year old "volcano keeper" refused to leave his post.  He was later found dead in prayer position in his home, 5 km from the volcano summit.  See the BBC story Spiritual guardian of Indonesian volcano dies

$160

Horse - "Wayang Kulit" Javanese Shadow Puppet by Tri Suwarno
SKU: INDOP-1102

Wayang Kulit Shadow puppet by Tri Suwarno from Java, Indonesia, 2010.
Water buffalo hide body painted with water-based paints, with water buffalo horn handle.  (9 1/2" h. x 16" w. x 1/2" d., 17 1/2" h. including 8" handle).

$96