Saturday, July 10, 2010

Puppets of Asia

Welcome back to the MSU Museum. I'm sure you can tell I love this spot!

Here's a small and short-term exhibit of extremely lovely puppets from Asia.

In this exhibit I found wonderful bits from India, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Japan, Burma, Sri Lanka and more.

I love how their faces tell stories...

Do they tell of war?



Anger and Power?

Danger and Courage?


Do they celebrate creatures of the earth?

And oh, how the shadow play makes for a lovely presentation.

Calm and peace?




I've always loved a puppet show -- taking a puppet making class was one of my favorites in college and I still keep a puppet on the top of the Christmas tree.

Children talk to puppets, tell them secrets they don't tell people. And yes, they do answer back.

How lovely to play, to imagine, to be entertained. All with the careful movements of a hand placed deftly inside a sculpted head, moving with skill and precision.



Those are some amazing puppets. You can see the workmanship that went into them. Thanks for sharing.

Janet said...

The puppets are amazing. Such detailed work went into making them. As a kid I never liked puppets! Can't remember any specific reason why but I just didn't like them.

Wrightboysmum said...

Wow what a huge collection they are lovely. You're right they can be used in so may ways and tell so many stories all from movement alone. Great stuff.

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Joanne Huffman said...

I love dolls, but, you're right, puppets fall into a special category of interaction and story telling.

Linda said...

Those are amazing!!!!!!!!

Sugar Bear said...

Such intriguing puppets. The painting on them is amazing.

Annie said...

Hi Jeanie. I have always found Indonesian puppets very unsettling, especially, MOST especially, the shadow puppets. I guess this is my version of being frightened by clowns. Go figure. But, the little laughing bald guy is wonderful. He kind of captured my heart.

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

oh SO colorful and wonderfully captured for us Jeanie!

that is a grand exhibit for certain!

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