In Indonesia the tradition of shadow puppet theater is very much alive and well. Our collection represents a small number of characters from both Java and Bali. The Javanese figures are quite stylized with elaborate hairdos and outfits, elongated arms, and exaggerated features. Balinese figures are more lifelike and naturally proportioned.

Indonesian Shadow Puppets

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  • ‘Wayang Kulit’ Puppet Set – Batara Guru & Arjuna

    These elegant shadow puppets from central Java are a minimalist statement in the traditional materials of buffalo hide and horn, but without color. Utilizing the same figures as those in wayang kulit performances, they are beautifully handcut by the same methods. The lack of color allows one to fully appreciate the lacy cutwork and the stylized forms of the figures. We like them illuminated from behind. 2 stands included.

    Sizes including handles:
    AO187: 11.6″h
    AO188: 11.7″h

    $45.00

     

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  • ‘Wayang Kulit’ Puppet Set – Rama & Sinta

    These elegant shadow puppets from central Java are a minimalist statement in the traditional materials of buffalo hide and horn, but without color. Utilizing the same figures as those in wayang kulit performances, they are beautifully handcut by the same methods. The lack of color allows one to fully appreciate the lacy cutwork and the stylized forms of the figures. We like them illuminated from behind. 2 stands included.

    Sizes including handles:
    AO185: 11.9″h
    AO186: 10.75″h

    $45.00

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  • ‘Wayang Kulit’ Puppet Set – Sumantri & Hanoman

    These elegant shadow puppets from central Java are a minimalist statement in the traditional materials of buffalo hide and horn, but without color. Utilizing the same figures as those in wayang kulit performances, they are beautifully handcut by the same methods. The lack of color allows one to fully appreciate the lacy cutwork and the stylized forms of the figures. We like them illuminated from behind. 2 stands included.

    Sizes including handles:
    AO192: 12″h
    AO193: 11.3″h

    $45.00

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  • ‘Wayang Kulit’ Shadow Puppet from Bali

    This exceptional ‘Barong’ puppet is from Bali and is a reproduction of an old puppet. Beautifully carved and painted, it appears to have the patina of age and would fit in nicely with a collection of old puppets. This ‘Barong ket’ is a lion figure and is typical of the dance figures seen in most villages. The ‘Barong’ is a mythical beast who represents the forces of good, and usually confronts ‘Rangda’, who represents the evil of the world. This puppet is quite large and is hinged in the middle.

    Size: 28″h OA x 28″w

    $290.00

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  • Old ‘Wayang Kulit’ Shadow Puppet from Java

    Elaborately detailed and quite large, this figure is a manifestion of Bima and is a fearless, heroic warrior even tho he has the features of an antagonist (large nose and eye, shoes). The clawlike, poisoned fingernail makes him invincible and is an inheirited characteristic from his grandfather, Batara Guru, the supreme diety. He wears the sacred checked sarong, or ‘kain poleng.’ This is in excellent condition and has a buffalo horn handle.

    Size: 35.25″h including handles

    $155.00

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  • Old ‘Wayang Kulit’ Shadow Puppet from Java

    Nicely carved and painted, with elaborate arm and anklebands and drapery, this figure has the facial features of a refined protagonist. Condition is quite good with some touch-up to the paint, but no real damage. Buffalo horn and wood handles.

    Size: 27.5″h including handles

    $110.00

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