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Description

Rod puppet of Bima. The head (part a) has a long, curling rear portion, known as a gelund supit urang, with decorative ear ornaments (called sumping). The red eyes protrude, as does the nose, above a smiling mouth surrounded by moustache and beard. His torso (part b) is bare but for a blue serpent encircling the neck. A sarong is belted with a decorative golden sash and beaded velvet hangings. The sarong hides a removable wooden stick (part c) that extends through the torso to control the movement of the head. Bracelets adorn the arms, and each hand has, rather than a middle finger, a kuku ponconoco- a magical red claw used as a weapon. The arms are moveable at shoulder and elbow by wooden sticks attached to each hand.

History Of Use

Wayang goleck, an Indonesian rod puppet, named Bima, one of the heroic Pandawa brothers and a great warrior, who appears in the Hindu epic the Mahabharata.

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