AGE: – 20th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – Teak wood or other hard wood
DESCRIPTION: – Age and use related wear, clothing soiled, stone eyes.
HEIGHT: – 83cm
This old Burmese puppet (marionette) is the character called “ZawGyi” known as the magician alchemist, he is often dressed in red with a gold and red cap, red trousers and slippers. This popular puppet can perform powerful magic such as boring through the earth and flying through the air, he is able to transform himself and others into other forms.
Zawgyi the magician alchemist was was skilled in the art of alchemy. It was only during the third year of an apprentices puppeteer’s learning the art of puppet manipulations that he was allowed to work with the Zawgyi character as it required a great deal of skill to perform the quick acrobatic movements of this puppet and was considered a master of this art as the dance steps and acrobatics it performs is complicated and very fast.