AGE: – Late 19th to early 20th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – wood
DESCRIPTION: – Traditional Antique Burmese Wooden Marionette – Age related wear, missing stone on upper body
LENGTH: – 56cm
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Traditional Antique Burmese Wooden Marionette with wood body, moveable head, hands and feet, fully sequined with a geometric pattern of gold thread and glass beads. This puppet has two genuine hair pony tails and is more than likely representative of the Prince Mintha character in Burmese mythology. Prince Mintha is always accompanied by Princess Minthamee and are popular with the audience for singing a love duet at the end of a show.
Puppetry in Burma has experienced a revival over the past four to five years due mainly to the influx of tourism over this period. The popularity of Marionette or puppet shows was at its height between 1820 and 1885 after which it went into decline with a brief revival during the 1940’s.
The characters in the puppet shows in Myanmar are closely linked to the famous Indian Hindu love story of the Ramayana, blended with their own traditional beliefs related to Buddhism, spirit, Nat and Deva worship.