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Vintage Chinese Opera Theatre Marionette, Red Silk Robe, Pink Pom Poms

$1,800

About

Chinese opera marionette male doll, circa 1920s. The head of this puppet is carved in a soft wood; the feet and hands are also made of wood. The hands can form a closed fist or an open palm by the joint at the level of the fingers. The headdress of this puppet is made of cardboard, leather, glass beads, silk and metallic ornaments. Puppet wears an embroidered silk costume (about 80/90 years). This puppet is about 80-90 years old and comes from the Chinese region of Fujian. These puppets were used in funeral ceremonies. They played the role of guardians of the deceased in the afterlife. Color meaning in costumes: - Red: Symbol of dignity and Joy. - Black: Reserved for the highest officials; symbolizes austerity. - Yellow: Symbol of the imperial family. - White: Reserved for mourning. - Pink: Joy, cheerfulness. - Green: Attributed to concubines and maids. - Blue: Symbol of honesty and simplicity.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 33 in. (83.82 cm)Width: 12 in. (30.48 cm)Depth: 6 in. (15.24 cm)
  • Style
    Ming (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1920s
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    Seller: DEC181stDibs: LU1531212468872

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    $175 Standard Parcel Shipping
    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 3-5 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: New York, NY
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

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