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Wayang klitik, carved, gilded, and painted wooden puppet. The rod is made of horn, and the arm of hide. One arm and rod are missing. The central rod has been cut off. This puppet can be used to portray different noble males. Its red face indicates an active disposition, although the bowed head shows that he is refined and good at following appropriate etiquette. He wears an elaborate skirt cloth and trousers displaying Indian trade textile patterns, which indicate the character's wealth and access to luxury goods.
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Length: 40.40 centimetres (not inc arm supports)
Weight: 221 grammes
Width: 11.50 centimetres (heel to toe)
Width: 15.80 centimetres (shoulder to shoulder)
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The name of the puppet, written between the feet, is now illegible.
The residue of the collection of Sir Stamford Raffles, formed in 1810-24 and presented to the Museum in 1859. Mrs Drake is the grand daughter of the Rev. Raffles Flint, nephew and heir of Sir Stamford.
See Sir Stamford Raffles, "History of Java", chapter 8 and J. Kunst, "The Music of Java".
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