- Category Recreational artifacts
- Sub-category Public entertainment device
- Department Folklore
- Museum CMH
- Earliest 1894/01/01
- Latest 1994/03/09
- Materials Wood, Glass, Textile, Mammal wool, Cotton
- Measurements Height 73.0 cm, Width 47.0 cm, Depth 13.0 cm
- Related activity Puppetry
- Caption Character from a theatre production
- Additional Information May have been used in Panji stories.
- Caption Rod puppet
- Additional Information A category of puppet in which rods of wood or metal support the head inside the costume, while additional rods may support and control the arms (and more rarely, the legs) from outside the costume. Usually the rods are worked from below or behind, although rod marionettes with a heavy rod fastened to the top of the head and thinner rods working the arm(s), are controlled from above. Excerpt from exhibition text: Strings, Springs and Finger Things: A New Puppet Collection at the Museum, May 1996 to August 1998
- Caption Rod Puppet
Generally, the term "rod puppet" refers to a category of puppet which is manipulated from below with rods. Usually a central rod supports the head, while two smaller rods control the arms. In some cases, the central rod can be concealed by the puppet's costume. Often, the torso and arms are not fixed to the central rod supporting the head, enabling the head to move independently from the body. In other variations, the torso and arms of the puppet are fixed, like the head, to the central rod. When the puppet is not a humanoid figure, a series of rods may replace the central rod - as with a snake, for example. The term "rod puppet" can also imply any use of rods to animate the puppet, whether the puppet is controlled from below, from above (e.g., for the rod marionette, for which some authors use the term "rod puppet"), or on the same plane (e.g., with the bunraku-style puppet, which some authors also classify as a rod puppet). Strings are sometimes added to the rod puppet. When these are pulled, they allow the puppeteer to articulate other parts of the body, such as mouth, eyes and legs.