Wayang Kulit

Designated by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, Wayang Kulit (also known as Javanese shadow puppet theater) is a form of traditional theater from Indonesia that has been performed for centuries.  Below is a video made by UNESCO describing this unique performance style, its roots and its role in Javanese communities as a living expression of the ongoing transmission of cultural knowledge.

Denise O’Brien acquired two Wayang puppets which are now part of the Temple Lab Collection.  They are are made of thin hand-tooled leather and painted.  The attached bone handles are used to manipulate the pieces during a performance.

Wayang Kulit, Denise O'Brien Collection, leather and bone, hand-painted, 28" high

Wayang Kulit, Denise O'Brien Collection, leather and bone, hand-painted, 24" high

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