Wayang Puppets

This is a set of wooden puppets from Inodnesia, made between 1920 and 1970. Indonesia has a rich history of puppetry, spanning from the 9th century to the modern day. In particular, Wayang, classical Javanese puppetry, is one of the most well-known forms of Indonesian puppetry. While there are several types of Wayang, the two most popular are Wayang Kulit (shadow puppets, shown to the right) and Wayang Golek (rod puppets, shown below).  

Wayang puppetry still enjoys great popularity today. Performances often take place at special events such as weddings, religious ceremonies, or cultural days. They usually begin at 9:30 pm and last until 4:30 am. While it was traditionally a form of cultivated, high-brow literature, modern Wayang puppetry has sacrificed some traditional features to compete with modern leisure and entertainment. A modern performance may highlight comic scenes rather than an a classic plot, or replace traditional musical accompaniment with pop music.