- Place of Use Continent - North America, Country - Canada, Province / Territory - Ontario
- Category Recreational artifacts
- Sub-category Public entertainment device
- Department Folklore
- Museum CMH
- Earliest 1955/01/01
- Latest 1955/12/31
- Materials Wood, Mammal leather, Cotton, Straw, Metal
- Measurements Height 57.5 cm, Width 19.0 cm, Depth 13.0 cm
- Related activity Puppetry
- Caption Character from a theatre production
- Additional Information This Little Pig, 1955. This production was a promotion for Unesco.
- Caption Gladys McPherson
Gladys McPherson trained in puppetry with George Merten. She was a founding member of the Hamilton Marionette Club, and trained many of the group's members. With her husband and Ken and Dorothy McKay, she founded the Hamilton Junior Marionette Club, which provided training for young people in Hamilton.
Adapted from Figuratively Speaking : Puppetry in Ontario by Ken McKay, copyright 1990. Courtesy of the Ontario Puppetry Association and Ken McKay.
- Caption Marionette
(Alternate name: String Puppet)
This category of puppet is controlled from above using strings. Marionettes are usually fully articulated, with strings linking the different parts of the body - head, torso, arms, legs - to a hand-held "control". Several different types of controls exist, with various degrees of complexity (vertical, horizontal, angled). Marionettes can be made of a wide range of materials: wood, paper, fabric, foam rubber, etc.
Marionette combining two characters - sometimes more - which are usually placed side by side and attached to the same control. This type of puppet is most often used when similar characters must make identical movements; e.g., a corps de ballet.
A marionette constructed and strung in a way that allows it to perform precise and intricate activities (e.g., juggling, performing complex manoeuvres on a trapeze), or to transform (e.g., when one character changes into another). In the latter case, it should be noted that the term "transformation marionette" can also be used.