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Dramatic Museum realia, 1700-1966

Series I: Puppets

This collection now contains 391 objects; mostly puppets, including marionettes, hand puppets, rod puppets, pantins, and shadow puppets, but also a number of figurines, dolls and dioramas, and three textiles. It appears that non-puppet three-dimensional objects were included in the puppet series before 1971. The puppets were assigned identification numbers during a cataloging project in the 1960s. All puppet identification numbers higher than P69 were assigned in 2009.

The earliest acquisitions were gifts of Brander Matthews. The most recent acquisitions, and also the collection's newest items, are three beggar figurines made by Russian émigrés living in Iran during WWII. They were the gift of Majorie Windust Halper in 1989.

What began as a collection of English, French and Italian puppets gradually became a collection of considerable breadth, with puppets from Burma, China, India, the United States, Thailand, Turkey, Java, Japan, and Mexico, among other countries. The oldest puppets are two 18th century French marionettes of Joseph and one of the Magi. Highlights of the collection include two eight-foot tall puppets designed by Robert Edmond Jones and constructed by American theatre pioneer Remo Bufano for the Metropolitan Opera's 1931 production of Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex.

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Subseries I.1: Burma


P20 Accession



Box 1 Burmese marionette of male with white face and red robe


Box 1 Burmese marionette of male with white face and sand-colored robe


Box 1 Burmese marionette of male with flesh-colored face



Box 38 Horse marionette


Subseries I.2: China


P14 Accession



Box 26 Chinese Shadow puppet


Box 26 Chinese Shadow puppet


Box 26 Chinese Shadow puppet


Box 26 Chinese Shadow puppet


Box 26 Chinese Shadow puppet


Box 26 Chinese Shadow puppet


Box 26 Chinese Shadow puppet


Box 26 Chinese Shadow puppet


Box 26 Chinese Shadow puppet


Box 26 Chinese Shadow puppet


Box 26 Chinese Shadow puppet


Box 26 Chinese Shadow puppet


P15 Accession



Box 3 Chinese jigging puppet of male with pink face


Box 3 Chinese jigging puppet of male with pink face


Box 3 Chinese jigging puppet of male with pink face


Box 3 Chinese jigging puppet of male with pink-white face


Box 3 Chinese jigging puppet of female with white face


Box 3 Chinese jigging puppet of male with white face


Box 3 Chinese jigging puppet of male with pink face


Box 3 Chinese jigging puppet of male with stylized makeup


P24 Accession



Box 35 Chinese female Figurine with red robe and white, painted face


Box 35 Chinese Figurine, missing head, with purple robe


Box 35 Chinese female Figurine with green robe and white, painted face


Box 35 Chinese female Figurines with long, red dress and elaborate headdress



Box 36 Chinese Figurine, missing head, with long, red dress


Box 36 Chinese female Figurine with long, red dress and white,painted face


Box 36 Chinese male Figurine with orange robe and long mustache


Box 36 Chinese male Figurine with long, green robe



Box 37 Chinese male Figurine, missing head, in gray robe over red robe


Box 37 Chinese male Figurine, bald and in light green robe


Box 37 Masked Chinese male Figurine with headdress and striped pants


Box 37 Masked Chinese male Figurine with long beard and striped pants



Box 35 Crown for Chinese Figurine


Box 35 Crown for Chinese Figurine


Box 35 Crown for Chinese Figurine


Box 35 Crown for Chinese Figurine


Box 35 Man's head from a Chinese figurine


Box 35 Woman's head from a Chinese figurine


Box 35 Woman's head from a Chinese figurine


P26 Accession



Box 39 Female Peking Opera figurine in black


Box 39 Male Peking Opera figurine with white, painted face and blue, striped pants


Box 39 Male Peking Opera figurine in green robes and gold headdress


Box 39 Female Peking Opera figurine in pink and blue with elaborate headdress


Box 39 Male Peking Opera figurine with long ponytail


Box 39 Male Peking Opera figurine with staff and yellow and green hat


Box 39 Male Peking Opera figurine in blue and white headress, fighting


Box 39 Male Peking Opera figurine in black with silver staff


Box 39 Male Peking Opera figurine with long heard, arm raised, fighting


Box 39 Male Peking Opera figurine with long beard and dark blue robe


Box 39 Male Peking Opera figurine with painted face and very elaborate headress


Box 39 Male Peking Opera figurine with painted face, two feathers on headdress


Box 39 Male Peking Opera figurine with orange and white face, gold hat


Box 39 Male Peking Opera figurine in green robe, blue, orange and white face


Box 39 Male Peking Opera figurine with weapon on back


Box 39 Male Peking Opera figurine with with red face and green robe


Box 39 Male Peking Opera figurine with red, white, black face and gold headdress


Box 39 Male Peking Opera figurine with blue headdress and green robe


Box 39 Male Peking Opera figurine with long beard in yellow and orange


P57 Accession



Box 8 Han Chung-Li figurine


Box 8 Tsao Kuo-Shin figurine


Box 8 Chang Kuo-Lao figurine


Box 8 Lu Tung-Pin figurine


Box 8 Li The-Kwai figurine


Box 8 Lan Tsai-Ho figurine


Box 8 Tsao Kuo-Shin figurine, duplicate of P57.2


P60 Accession



Box 28 Figurine in Imperial dress


P70 Accession


Box 28 Miniature diorama


Box 28 Miniature diorama


Box 28 Miniature diorama


Box 28 Miniature diorama


Box 28 Miniature diorama


Box 28 Miniature diorama


Subseries I.3: England


P04 Accession



Box 1 Milkmaid marionette with yoke and two pails



Box 2 Male marionette in exotic yellow costume


P32 Accession



Box 24 Robin Hood pantin


Box 24 N*** pantin


Box 24 Female Volunteer pantin


Box 24 Maid Marian pantin


Box 24 Lord Dundreary pantin


Box 24 Robin Hood pantin


Box 24 The Magic N*** pantin


Box 24 Jester pantin


Box 24 Merry Andrew pantin


Subseries I.4: France


P05 Accession



Box 50 Housemaid marionette, 1870-1899



Box 4 Jester marionette, 1870-1899


Box 4 Dog marionette, 1870-1899



Box 5 Female marionette with four children in her pockets, 1870-1899



Box 6 Peg-leg sailor marionette with fiddle and bow



Box 7 Elegant eighteenth-century female marionette, 1870-1899


P06 Accession


Box 7 Saint Joseph marionette, 1800-1899


Box 7 Marionette of one of the Magi, 1800-1899


P07 Accession



Box 22 Wood ledge puppet of an eighteenth century man, 1800-1899


P08 Accession



Box 9 Male hand puppet with green hat



Box 10 Old, bald male hand puppet



Box 9 Nurse hand puppet


Box 9 Male hand puppet with mustache and bicorne hat



Box 10 Black devil hand puppet


Box 10 Hand puppet with red scarf


Box 10 Male hand puppet with missing tooth


Box 10 Female hand puppet with kerchief and purple scarf


Box 10 Female hand puppet with kerchief and brown scarf


Box 10 Male hand puppet with purple clothes


Box 10 Bearded male hand puppet with green scarf


P09 Accession



Box 11 Male hand puppet with green cap


Box 11 Green and orange devil hand puppet



Box 12 Male hand puppet in white vest with black bird print



Box 11 Elderly male hand puppet with long nose, green cap, eyeglasses



Box 12 Female hand puppet with black and white dress and white apron



Box 13 Chef hand puppet



Box 12 Female hand puppet with white, red dress and blue, white apron



Box 11 Male hand puppet with bicorne hat



Box 13 Clown hand puppet dressed in white and red


Box 13 Male head of hand puppet



Box 12 Male hand puppet with red and blue hat



Box 13 Male hand puppet with white and gold vest, blue coat



Box 12 Elderly male hand puppet with long nose, green cap, eyeglasses



Box 14 Female hand puppet with blue ribbon around neck



Box 13 Green and orange devil hand puppet



Box 14 Bald hand puppet in blue flower print robe


Box 14 Male hand puppet with black hair and blue robe



Box 9 male hand puppet with red and blue hat, protruding stomach



Box 15 Head of bald male hand puppet, with brown glass eyes


Box 15 Head of a clown hand puppet, with face painted white, red and black


Box 15 Head of a hand puppet, with blue cap and long nose


Box 15 Head of male hand puppet with mustache and bicorne hat worn front-to-back


Box 15 Head of male hand puppet with mutton chops and bicorne hat worn side-to-side


Box 15 Head of male hand puppet with dark eyes and a painted moustache


Box 15 Head of male hand puppet with dark eyes and a small painted beard


Box 15 Head of male hand puppet with wig, rosy face, painted moustache


Box 15 Head of hand puppet with wig, painted moustache and beard



Box 14 Crocodile hand puppet



Box 15 Face for a hand puppet


Box 15 Face for a hand puppet


Box 15 Face for a hand puppet


Box 15 Face for a hand puppet


P10 Accession



Box 16 Picket fence shadow puppet


Box 16 Running dog shadow puppet


Box 16 Bare tree shadow puppet


Box 16 Head with hinged jaw shadow puppet


Box 16 Seal and unattached rod from a shadow puppet


Box 16 Ballerina shadow puppet


Box 16 Monkey shadow puppet


Box 16 Man with fuzzy hair shadow puppet


Box 16 Running man shadow puppet


Box 16 Table with purse shadow puppet


Box 16 Boat with rudder shadow puppet


Box 16 Profile of person with hinged arm shadow puppet



Box 17 Donkey shadow puppet


Box 17 Large bird shadow puppet


Box 17 Butterfly shadow puppet


Box 17 Fisherman and fish shadow puppet


Box 17 Large head with hinged jaw shadow puppet


Box 17 Man with hat and whip shadow puppet


Box 17 Man with fork shadow puppet


Box 17 Small bird shadow puppet


Box 17 Bull shadow puppet


Box 17 Cat shadow puppet


Box 17 Fence shadow puppet



Box 18 Boat with wheel and two sails shadow puppet


Box 18 Sailboat with sails attached shadow puppet


Box 18 Sailboat shadow puppet


Box 18 Large boat with potholes and netting shadow puppet



Box 19 Large sailboat marked C12 shadow puppet


Box 19 Large sailboat marked C10 shadow puppet


Box 19 Small sailboat marked C8 shadow puppet


Box 19 Steamship shadow puppet


P43 Accession



Box 24 Ombre chinoise, female dancer


Box 24 Ombre chinoise, female dancer


P44 Accession



Box 34 Toutatoua Prix de Beaute d'Afrique doll


Box 34 Tah-Dhor Prix de Beaute d'Asie doll


Box 34 Latin female doll


Box 34 Greek or Russian male doll


Box 34 Chinese female doll


Box 34 Chinese female doll


Subseries I.5: Ghana


P50 Accession



Box 46 African rod puppet


Subseries I.6: India


P42 Accession



Box 45 Green worm or fish rod puppet


Box 45 Elephant rod puppet


Box 45 Horse rod puppet


Box 45 Horse and chariot rod puppet


Box 45 Rooster rod puppet


Box 45 Yellow [goat] rod puppet


Box 45 Bull rod puppet


P51 Accession



Box TSP33 Rama shadow puppet



Box TSP25 Lakshmana shadow puppet



Box TSP38 Sita, shadow puppet



Box TSP35 Rakshana, shadow puppet



Box TSP37 Supanaka, shadow puppet



Box TSP41 Head of Dasa Kanta Ravana, shadow puppet



Box TSP32 Body of Dasa Kanta Ravana, shadow puppet


P52 Accession



Box TSP26 Indian shadow puppet



Box TSP27 Indian shadow puppet



Box TSP28 Indian shadow puppet



Box TSP29 Indian shadow puppet; on horse



Box TSP30 Indian shadow puppet



Box TSP31 Indian shadow puppet



Box TSP34 Indian shadow puppet



Box TSP36 Indian shadow puppet



Box TSP39 Indian shadow puppet


TSP Accession



Box TSP40 Indian shadow puppet


Subseries I.7: Indonesia


P18 Accession



Box 31 Wajang Golek rod puppet with light yellow face



Box 32 2 upper arms and 2 lower arms from Wajang Golek puppet P18.2



Box 31 Wajang Golek rod puppet with orange/pink face



Box 33 Wajang Golek rod puppet with white face


P39 Accession



Box 32 Wajang golek rod puppet



Box 33 Wajang golek rod puppet with red face



Box 32 Wajang golek rod puppet


Box 32 Wajang golek rod puppet


P80s Accession



Box 30 Wayang puppet


Box 30 Wayang puppet



Box 32 Arm of missing Wayang Golek rod puppet


Box 32 Six rods for Wayang Golek rod puppets


Box 32 Two wings for Wayang Golek rod puppet


Subseries I.8: Italy


P11 Accession



Box 20 Arlecchino marionette



Box 21 Arlecchino marionette



Box 20 Brighella marionette


Box 20 Pantalone marionette


Box 20 Il Dottore marionette


Box 20 Marionette of figure in white with black mask


Box 20 Marionette of figure in white with black mask


Box 20 Marionette of red-headed male in white with black cap and buttons



Box 21 Marionette of female in white with black buttons


Box 21 Skeleton marionette


Box 21 Marionette of red-headed king


Box 21 Marionette of queen in red dress


Box 21 Marionette of boy in tricorne hat


Box 21 Marionette of maid in black with white apron


Box 21 Marionette of young girl with blue flowers in hair


Box 21 Marionette of old woman with red ribbon around neck


P12 Accession



Box 27 Orlando rod puppet, 1875-1900


Box 27 Rinaldo rod puppet, 1875-1900


P33 Accession


Box 27 Rinaldo, 1900-1960


P34 Accession



Box 43 Sicilian rod puppet with cross on armor and shield



Box 44 Sicilian rod puppet with bird on armor and shield


Subseries I.9: Japan


P16 Accession



Box 25 Japanese female marionette


P17 Accession



Box 42 Japanese rod puppet, 1800-1899


P27 Accession


Box 42 Little man marionette


Box 42 Lion / Dragon marionette


P28 Accession


Box 42 Small mask of elderly man with beard


Box 42 Small mask of elderly woman


Box 42 Small mask of young woman


P37 Accession



Box 22 Japanese wig for a puppet


Box 22 Japanese wig for a puppet


P38 Accession


Box 22 Figurine with set of hair dressings of Japanese women artistically arranged in several forms


P46 Accession



Box 53 Clothed figure or doll of Shio-Kumi


P56 Accession



Box 47 Figurine on stand of male with cloth covering face


Box 47 Figurine on stand of male in black, holding scroll


Box 47 Figurine on stand of male in black, holding scroll


Box 47 Figurine on stand of male, fighting, painted white


Box 47 Figurine on stand of male, fighting, painted white


Box 47 FMusic stand with instruments


Box 47 Music stand with instruments


Box 47 Banner on stand with Japanese characters


Box 47 Banner on stand with Japanese characters


Box 47 Banner on stand with Japanese characters


Box 47 Banner on stand with Japanese characters


Box 47 Banner on stand with Japanese characters


Box 47 Banner on stand with Japanese characters


P95 Accession



Box 22 Japanese male doll


Subseries I.10: Mexico


P48 Accession



Box 40 Jigging puppet of black figure with white hat


Box 40 Jigging puppet of male in blue and white cap


Box 40 Jigging puppet of woman with polka dot skirt


Box 40 Jigging puppet of female in polka dot top and purple skirt


Box 40 Jigging puppet of female in purple dress


Box 40 Jigging puppet of male in white shirt and pants with pink belt


Box 40 Jigging puppet of pink [devil]


Box 40 Jigging puppet of man with mustache and white hat


Box 40 Jigging puppet of man with mustache and white hat


Box 40 Jigging puppet of clown in white with black polka dots


Subseries I.11: Russia


P89 Accession



Box 34 Beggar doll made by Russian emigres living in Iran during WWII.


Box 34 Beggar doll made by Russian emigres living in Iran during WWII.


Box 34 Beggar doll made by Russian emigres living in Iran during WWII.


Subseries I.12: Thailand


P54 Accession



Box 31 Lakshana shadow puppet



Box 30 Laba shadow puppet


Box 30 Sita shadow puppet


P55 Accession



Box 47 Head with headdress for court dancer figurine


Box 47 Head with headdress for court dancer figurine


Box 47 Head with headdress for court dancer figurine


Box 47 Head with headdress for court dancer figurine


Box 47 Head with headdress for court dancer figurine


Box 47 Head with headdress for court dancer figurine


Box 47 Head with headdress for court dancer figurine


Box 47 Head with headdress for court dancer figurine


Box 47 Head with headdress for court dancer figurine


Box 47 Head with headdress for court dancer figurine


Box 47 Head with headdress for court dancer figurine


Box 47 Head with headdress for court dancer figurine


P72 Accession


Box 47 Sculpture of Siamese dancer


Box 47 Sculpture of Siamese dancer


TSP Accession



Box TSP01 Thai shadow puppet



Box TSP02 Thai shadow puppet



Box TSP03 Thai shadow puppet



Box TSP04 Thai shadow puppet



Box TSP05 Thai shadow puppet



Box TSP06 Thai shadow puppet



Box TSP07 Thai shadow puppet



Box TSP08 Thai shadow puppet



Box TSP09 Thai shadow puppet



Box TSP10 Thai shadow puppet



Box TSP11 Thai shadow puppet



Box TSP12 Thai shadow puppet



Box TSP13 Thai shadow puppet



Box TSP14 Thai shadow puppet



Box TSP15 Thai shadow puppet



Box TSP16 Thai shadow puppet



Box TSP17 Thai shadow puppet



Box TSP18 Thai shadow puppet



Box TSP19 Thai shadow puppet



Box TSP20 Thai shadow puppet



Box TSP21 Thai shadow puppet



Box TSP22 Thai shadow puppet



Box TSP23 Thai shadow puppet



Box TSP24 Thai shadow puppet


Subseries I.13: Turkey


P13 Accession



Box 23 Turkish shadow puppet of building with columns, 1800-1899


Box 23 Turkish shadow puppet of rhinoceros, 1800-1899


Box 23 Turkish shadow puppet of man with goat body, 1800-1899


Box 23 Turkish shadow puppet of man with goat body, 1800-1899


Box 23 Turkish shadow puppet of man with red striped cap, 1800-1899


Box 23 Turkish shadow puppet of trees, 1800-1899


Box 23 Turkish shadow puppet of man with horse/donkey body, 1800-1899


Box 23 Turkish shadow puppet of Devil holding watering can, 1800-1899


Box 23 Turkish shadow puppet of trees, 1800-1899


Box 23 Turkish shadow puppet of rocks, 1800-1899


Box 23 Turkish shadow puppet of woman holding flower, 1800-1899


Box 23 Turkish shadow puppet of trees, 1800-1899


Box 23 Turkish shadow puppet of tree, 1800-1899


Box 23 Turkish shadow puppet of flag with X marked on it, 1800-1899


Box 23 Turkish shadow puppet of small square, 1800-1899


Box 23 Turkish shadow puppet of chest of drawers, 1800-1899


Box 23 Turkish shadow puppet of closet, 1800-1899


Box 23 Turkish shadow puppet of trees, 1800-1899


Box 23 Turkish shadow puppet of L-shaped piece and attachment, 1800-1899


Box 23 Turkish shadow puppet of monkey on man's back, holding gun, 1800-1899


Subseries I.14: United States


P22 Accession



Box 6 Little Boy Blue marionette


P30 Accession



Box 24 Weight-lifter pantin


Box 24 Toe dancer pantin


Box 24 Wire walker pantin


Box 24 Trapeze artist pantin


Box 24 Horizontal bar gymnast pantin


Box 24 Loop-the-loop bicyclist pantin


Box 24 Elephant and trainer pantin


Box 24 Clown musician and dog pantin


Box 24 Clown with two dogs on see-saw pantin


Box 24 Horse with trainer pantin


P47 Accession



Box 57 Oedipus (sighted) marionette, 1931



Box 58 Jocasta marionette, 1931



Box 59 Don Quixote marionette, 1924



Box 49 Giant marionette, 1894-1948



Box 48 Dragon marionette, 1923



Box 56 Model for Clown puppet, 1934-1935


Subseries I.15: Puppets of Unknown Origin


P70s Accession



Box 51 Dollhouse accessories



Box 41 Model of Shakespeare's house, apparently for  tealights


P.75 Accession


Box 41 Ceramic figurine of unnamed comedian, with green jacketand red waistcoat


Box 41 Fred French ceramic figurine


Box 41 JH Stead ceramic figurine


P.76 Accession



Box 44 Small Textile


Box 44 Small Textile



Box 33 Small Textile


P.77 Accession



Box 2 Eskimo hand puppet with fur trim


Box 2 Hand puppet of female with head scarf


P.78 Accession



Box 60 Shadow puppet



Box 61 Shadow puppet


P.79 Accession



Box 54 Model of Helen Hayes as Queen Victoria


P80s Accession



Box 30 Wayang kerutjil puppet



Box 15 Weapon fragment belonging to an unidentified puppet



Box 32 Apron for a puppet



Box 29 Shadow puppet


P.90s Accession



Box 22 Wooden figurine of Shahuntola and Deer



Box 46 Figurine of elongated man



Box 52 Japanese theater diorama