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Rod puppet of Arimbi, a noblewoman, riding a horse. The woman’s head (part a) has a white face with finely painted features. She wears an elaborately carved headdress that includes an image of an eagle, over long curly hair. Her torso (part b) is covered by a black velvet bodice and cape and a printed sarong, and around her neck is a wide shoulder and back ornament. Her arms are adorned with bracelets and are moveable at shoulder and elbow by wooden sticks attached to each hand. The puppet sits on a black horse (part c). The horse’s head can be moved slightly and it has real hair for mane and tail. The legs are moveable at the hip and shoulders, and it appears that a front and a rear leg have been exchanged, as two hooves point backwards. Through the horse’s middle is a hole through which a stick (part d) can be inserted that extends into the torso of the rider, holding the puppets together and controlling their body movements. The torso stick can be inserted into a large wooden base, which is painted black.

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Wayang goleck, an Indonesian rod puppet of Arimbi, a noblewoman, riding a horse.

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