- Category Recreational artifacts
- Sub-category Public entertainment device
- Department Folklore
- Museum CMH
- Earliest 1939/01/01
- Latest 1939/12/31
- Materials Wood, Mammal leather, Metal, Textile
- Measurements Height 31.5 cm, Width 12.0 cm, Depth 11.0 cm
- Related activity Puppetry
- Caption Marionette
- Additional Information A category of puppet controlled from above by rods or strings suspended from a hand-held control; the bodies may be made of wood, fabric, paper, foam rubber, etc. A French generic term, as for English "puppet." The word may derive from "mariole": "little Marie" (small religious figurine, sometimes articulated, used in Nativity "cribs"). Excerpt from exhibition text: Strings, Springs and Finger Things: A New Puppet Collection at the Museum, May 1996 to August 1998
- Caption Character from a theatre or television production
- Additional Information Mrs. Cinderella, 1939-1940, written by Ed Mabley. This puppet was displayed in New York's World Fair Exhibit, 1939-1940, and may have also appeared in commercials for the General Electric Corporation.
- 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.