Waka Onnagata (Girl)

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Minosuke, Oe
Bunraku puppet head; Asian art
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The puppet head of a girl whose hair is tied back in a bun with a large, yellow, tortoise shell comb. Her mouth is red and slightly open and her eyes are painted on. This puppet would play the roles of Yadoya, Asagao, etc. Dimensions: 13" x 5" x 7 1/2". For more information about Bunraku puppets see: http://www2.ntj.jac.go.jp/unesco/bunraku/en/. Two other valuable resources published by Whitman College discussing its collection of Bunraku puppets include "The Doll Theatre: Bunraku Puppets in the Whitman Collection" (1995) and "Moveable Mysteries: The Immortality of Bunraku Puppet Theatre" (2009). See the Sheehan Gallery website to purchase either text.