Javanese shadow puppet

Made:
1900-1950 in Java
maker:
Unknown

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Javanese shadow puppet
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford
Science Museum Group Collection

Shadow Puppet, Java
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford
Science Museum Group Collection

Shadow puppet; male figure; gilded and painted leather; articulated.

Javanese shadow puppet, early twentieth century.

This Shadow Puppet was made in Java. Shadow plays, which may be regarded as an extremely early precursor of cinema, originated in Java and India some thousands of years ago. These thin leather puppets are intricately perforated and painted and depict figures in folklore. They are manipulated by rods in front of a translucent screen, lit from behind so that the puppet is seen in silhouette. These are still in use today.

Details

Category:
Cinematography
Object Number:
1990-5036/6534
Materials:
gold leaf, leather, paint, wood (unidentified)
type:
shadow puppet
credit:
The Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum, Bradford
status:
Permanent collection

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