Vintage Gilded & Red string puppet
Yoke thé marionette from Myanmar (Burma)
Thagyar Min (the King of Celestial Beings)
Hand Carved, Hand Painted,
the Burmese name for marionette puppetry.
The King of the Celestial Beings (Thagyar Min). His costume is opulent, the 7-tiered head dress studded with brilliants, and his gold colored robe stiff with sequins and beads. He often carries a double-edged sword in his right hand. This costume is a replica of the ceremonial dress worn by the Burmese kings on state occasions. This puppet always descends upon the stage from above the handrail, signifying his abode on high; his feet must never touch the floor.
Generally, a puppet is made up of 17 to 19 pieces: the head and neck piece, the body in 2 pieces, a pair of arms in 6 pieces and a pair of legs in 8 pieces. They are joined together by means of strings.
Most puppets have eleven strings. Five of these strings attach the head, the shoulders and the rump to the H-shaped wooden cross piece. The upper arms, thighs and hands are operated with the six remaining strings which hang loose and are draped over the cross piece.
Approximately 14" tall and 13" wide.
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