AGE: – Early 20th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – Wood, real hair, batik Textile
DESCRIPTION: – Indonesian Waying Golek Wooden Rod Puppet
HEIGHT: – 62cm
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Indonesian Waying Golek Wooden Rod Puppet with genuine human hair and hand painted detailed face, dressed in the traditional Indonesian costume batik sarong and kebaya (fitted top).
This type of puppet made in the round, as opposed to the flat Waying Kulit style made from buffalo hide are controlled by a central wooden rod running through the centre of the puppet with rods tied to each hand to manipulate the movement of the arms.
Puppet shows have been a popular form of entertainment throughout Indonesia for hundreds of years, believed to have originally been introduced by the Hindu’s from India from the 9th century. Many of these puppet shows are based on the epic Indian love story from the Ramayana and Mahabharata. After the introduction of Islam to Indonesia around the 12th century, puppet shows were also used to spread Islamic doctrines.
The Balinese who are still predominantly Hindu believe puppet plays were introduced by refugees from Majapahit, and prior to the introduction of Islam. However the Javanese believe it was introduced by the Wali Songo (saints of Islam). The word Wali is Arabic meaning “trusted one”..
Whilst the wooden rod puppets were used mainly in Islamic tales the intricately carves leather hide puppets were used in Hindu based storytelling.