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Wayang klitik, carved, gilded, and painted flat, wooden puppet. The arms are made of animal hide. One arm is missing, as are part of the main rod and the rods to manipulate the arms. The figure has a forward facing face, indicating a bold disposition. Her hair is decorated with elaborate gold ornaments, and she is wearing clothing made of a luxury Indian trade textile.
Register 1939: Wooden painted puppet, female with one arm missing.
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Length: 33.40 centimetres
Weight: 123 grammes
Width: 7.20 centimetres (heel to toe)
- Curator's comments
There is no name written on the puppet, whether there never was one or whether it has been erased over time is not clear.
This character is female with a forward facing face, indicating a bold disposition. She could be Wahita, the wife of Menak Jingga from the Damarwulan story cycles. Usually Wahita is partnered with Dewi Puyengan, another high-ranking female.
Information from Rudy Wiratama, July 2018.
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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