Inside the Puppet Box: A Performance Collection of Wayang Kulit at the Museum of International Folk…

Paperback | October 15, 2010

byFelicia Katz-Harris

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Indonesian wayang kulit (shadow puppet) performance is one of the oldest and greatest storytelling traditions in the world and lies close to the heart of Javanese culture. These flat puppets, made from water buffalo hide, are elaborately decorated and perforated to cast spectacular shadows when used in performances that are usually based on classical literature with contemporary issues incorporated into particular scenes, and are always accompanied by a gamelon orchestra. An art of and for the people, wayang kulit remains a popular and significant form of cultural expression to this day.

This book describes a collection of gold and bronze leaf Surakarta-style wayang kulit including over 200 wayang characters, which are identified by name and briefly introduced, providing a glimpse inside the puppet box.

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Indonesian wayang kulit (shadow puppet) performance is one of the oldest and greatest storytelling traditions in the world and lies close to the heart of Javanese culture. These flat puppets, made from water buffalo hide, are elaborately decorated and perforated to cast spectacular shadows when used in performances that are usually bas...

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Indonesian wayang kulit (shadow puppet) performance is one of the world's oldest and greatest storytelling traditions. This book introduces over 200 wayang charactersa complete set of contemporary wayang kulit ready to be lifted from the puppet box for a performance based on classical literature with current overtones, accompanied by a...

Felicia Katz-Harris is the curator of Asian and Middle Eastern folk art at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 12 × 9.1 × 0.68 inPublished:October 15, 2010Publisher:University Of Washington PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0295990740

ISBN - 13:9780295990743

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Acknowledgements

Preface / Dr. Suyanto, S.Kar., MA

Inside the Puppet Box / Felicia Katz-Harris

From the Collection-Simpingan Kanan-Simpingan Kiri-Dhudhahan I-Dhudhahan II

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