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String Puppet3351/1 a-c
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Opera dei Pupi puppet of the character named Carlo Magno (King Charlemagne). Three-dimensional marionette carved of wood (part a) with detachable head (part b) mounted on a long, hooked metal rod. He wears a burgundy and gold tunic, purple-red velvet leggings, and a dark blue with gold brocade cape with a gold fringe. He also wears a silver metal belt, silver ankle guards, and a silver crown with deep red velvet underneath four arches, and surmounted by a small brass(?) globe and copper(?) cross. The crown is decorated with set glass(?) stones. His chest is embellished with a shiny woven textile, adorned with applique, sequins and looped-fringe, topped with a silver-coloured necklace with bejeweled cross (part c). The left wrist has a length of black cord tied to it, and the right hand is clenched in a fist, with a hole for an accessory to be inserted through. A metal rod with an eye hook at each end is tied to the right wrist. There is a metal band across the bottom of each heel. The body is jointed at the elbows, shoulders, and hips – with limbs held together by fabric underneath his outfit.

Culture
Sicilian
Material
wood, copper alloy metal, paint, fibre, plastic, glass, plant fibre and silver alloy metal
Made in
Catania, Sicily, Italy
Holding Institution
MOA: University of British Columbia
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String Puppet3351/4 a-g
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Opera dei Pupi puppet of the character named Agolaccio. Three-dimensional marionette carved of wood (part a) with detachable head (part b) mounted on a long metal rod with hook at the top. He has a thick black moustache and small goatee. He wears black pantaloons with vertical red bands, a white tunic and a black cape. He is heavily armoured with body armour with a detachable neck guard (part c) and a helmet. His right hand has a partial gauntlet. The body is jointed at the elbows, shoulders, and hips, held together by fabric underneath main outfit. The left wrist has a length of black-brown cord tied to it, which also attaches a small circular gold shield, with an eight-petaled flower design, to his forearm. The right hand is clenched in a fist, which a small metal sword (parts d-f) is inserted through, which also inserts through the eye of one end of a long metal rod (part g) with an eye hook on each end. There is a metal band across the bottom of each heel.

Culture
Sicilian
Material
wood, copper alloy metal, paint, fibre and plant fibre
Made in
Catania, Sicily, Italy
Holding Institution
MOA: University of British Columbia
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String Puppet3351/8 a-g
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Opera dei Pupi puppet of the character named Agricane (King of Mongolia). Three-dimensional marionette carved of wood (part a) with detachable head (part b) mounted on a long, hooked metal rod. He has a thick black moustache and long goatee. He wears a gold tunic, gold pantaloons adorned with vertical red bands, and a blue with gold brocade cape. He is heavily armoured on his body and shoulders, with guards on wrists, ankles and neck (part c). He wears a crown with pointed leaf projections and a long black wool train; he also has a red-yellow-black wool braided headband. The body is jointed at the elbows, shoulders, and hips – held together by fabric underneath main outfit. The left wrist has a length of black-brown cord tied to it, which also attaches a small circular gold shield, with an eight-petaled floral design, to the forearm. The right hand is clenched in a fist, which a small silver and gold-coloured metal sword (parts d-f) is inserted through, which also inserts through the eye of one end of a long metal rod (part g) with an eye hook on each end. Both hands are painted silver. There is a metal band across the bottom of each heel.

Culture
Sicilian
Material
wood, copper alloy metal, paint, fibre, plant fibre and wool fibre
Made in
Catania, Sicily, Italy
Holding Institution
MOA: University of British Columbia
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String Puppet3351/5 a-g
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Opera dei Pupi puppet of the character named Rinaldo. Three-dimensional marionette carved of wood (part a) with detachable head (part b) mounted on a long, hooked metal rod. He has a small blonde moustache and goatee, and long blonde hair. He wears a shiny green tunic and a matching cape adorned with gold applique and fringe. He wears full gold-coloured body armour with a copper lion design on the chest, and a helmet with visor, adorned with a lion on top. The neck guard (part c) detaches. The left wrist has a length of grey cord tied to it, which attaches an oval gold shield, with a lion on it, to his forearm. The right hand is clenched in a fist, which a small silver-coloured metal sword with a straight blade (parts d-f) is inserted through. The threaded end of blade also inserts through the eye of one end of a long metal rod (part g) with an eye hook on each end. There is a metal band across the bottom of each heel. The body is jointed at the elbows, shoulders, and hips – with limbs held together by fabric underneath his outfit.

Culture
Sicilian
Material
wood, metal, copper alloy metal, paint, fibre and plant fibre
Made in
Catania, Sicily, Italy
Holding Institution
MOA: University of British Columbia
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String Puppet3351/2 a-f
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Opera dei Pupi puppet of the character named Orlando (Charlemagne’s nephew Roland). Three-dimensional marionette carved of wood (part a) with detachable head (part b) mounted on a long, hooked metal rod. He has a small dark brown moustache and brown hair. He wears a shiny red tunic and matching cape, adorned with gold applique and fringe. He wears full body armour with a helmet that has a visor, adorned with an eagle on top, and a train of bright red feathers. The left wrist has a length of brown cord tied to it, which also attaches a small circular gold shield, with an eagle circled by eight small flowers, to the forearm. The right hand is clenched in a fist, which a small silver-coloured metal sword with a straight blade (parts c-e) is inserted through. The threaded end of blade also inserts through the eye of one end of a long metal rod (part f) with an eye hook on each end. There is a metal band across the bottom of each heel. The body is jointed at the elbows, shoulders, and hips – with limbs held together by fabric underneath his outfit.

Culture
Sicilian
Material
copper alloy metal, wood, paint, feather, fibre and plant fibre
Made in
Catania, Sicily, Italy
Holding Institution
MOA: University of British Columbia
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String Puppet3351/6 a-g
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Opera dei Pupi puppet of the character named Bradamante, who is a female knight. Three-dimensional marionette carved of wood (part a) with detachable head (part b) that is mounted on a long, hooked metal rod. She wears a pink tunic, off-white brocade pantaloons, and a pink velvet cape with a silver fringe. She wears full armour with separate arm, wrist, shin guards, and a detachable neck (part c) guard. The helmet has a visor and is decorated with light pink feathers. The left wrist has a length of black-brown cord tied to it, which attaches a small circular gold shield to the forearm. The right hand is clenched in a fist, which a small silver-coloured metal sword with a straight blade (parts d-f) is inserted through. The threaded end of the blade also inserts through the eye of one end of a long metal rod (part g) with an eye hook on each end. There is a metal band across the bottom of each heel. The body is jointed at the elbows, shoulders, and hips – held together by fabric underneath her outfit.

Culture
Sicilian
Material
fibre, wood, metal, paint, plastic and feather
Made in
Catania, Sicily, Italy
Holding Institution
MOA: University of British Columbia
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String Puppet3351/3 a-g
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Opera dei Pupi puppet of the character named Ferraù. Three-dimensional marionette carved of wood (part a) with detachable head (part b) mounted on a long metal rod with a hook at the top. The face is painted with a black moustache and goatee, and grey wrinkles. He wears vertically striped green pantaloons and a tunic, red with gold applique leggings and shoulder bands, and a cape in black with grey brocade. He wears body armour including wrist and ankle guards, a neck guard (part c) and a helmet. The helmet is wrapped with braided yarn (yellow, pink and light purple-blue), tied at the back. The left wrist has a length of black-brown cord tied to it, which also attaches a small circular gold shield, with a six-point flower design, to the forearm. The right hand is clenched in a fist, which a small metal sword (parts d-f) is inserted through. The threaded end of the blade also inserts through the eye of one end of a long metal rod (part g) with an eye hook on each end. There is a metal band across the bottom of each heel. The body is jointed at the elbows, shoulders, and hips – with limbs held together by fabric underneath his outfit.

Culture
Sicilian
Material
wood, metal, paint, plastic, fibre and plant fibre
Made in
Catania, Sicily, Italy
Holding Institution
MOA: University of British Columbia
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String Puppet3351/7 a-c
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Opera dei Pupi puppet of the female character named Princess Angelica. Three-dimensional marionette carved of wood. The head (part b) is mounted on a long, hooked metal rod. The body is jointed at the elbows, shoulders, and hips – held together by fabric underneath main outfit. The left wrist has a length of black-brown cord tied to it, and the right wrist is tied with string to a long metal rod with an eye hook on each end. On her right ring finger, she wears a gold-coloured ring with a green jewel. She wears pink with silver damask top and pantaloons. A length of navy blue with peach floral pattern skirt is wrapped around the waist, and held with a belt of bright purple fabric adorned with sequins, and a row of beading hanging down. From her jeweled crown, a train woven fabric extends down. She wears a pair of beaded earrings, and a necklace (part c) around her neck. All the fabric is edged with gold applique. She has painted blue shoes with a flat tack or nail in each heel.

Culture
Sicilian
Material
fibre, plant fibre, wood, metal, paint and plastic
Made in
Catania, Sicily, Italy
Holding Institution
MOA: University of British Columbia
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