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Two-dimensional painted puppet of an ornately dressed man wearing a hat. Long, translucent yellow-brown carved sticks are attached to both hands with a third, tapering stick running up the figure's left leg and chest, ending in a looping reverse curve over the figure's ear. Both arms have movable joints at the elbows and shoulders.

History Of Use

This character is a Javanese Sultan, from a Javanese shadow puppet tradition called Wayang Suluh, which was introduced in 1947 by the Ministry of Information. Wayang suluh plays were used to convey nationalistic and moral messages during the Indonesian revolution against Dutch colonial rule. The Sultan, Hamengkubuwono IX (in office 1940-1988), is shown in his peci (cap) and regalia.

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