Shadow puppet, ruling prince

This puppet represents the character of a ruling prince in the Javanese 'wayang kulit' or leather shadow puppet theatre tradition. The status of the character is indicated by 'praba' (winged ornament) on his back. His bold character is reflected in his round eyes, forward-looking gaze, and wide stance.The vast majority of the ‘wayang’ plays performed are drawn from the two great Hindu epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata with as well as stories of Javanese origin. 'Wayang kulit' is considered as the highest of the Javanese performing arts. Performed in the royal courts of Java as early as the ninth century, this tradition continues to be treasured as one of the ‘pusaka’ or sacred heirlooms of the court. 'Wayang kulit' is traditionally performed on ritual days and religious ceremonies. It has also been adapted more recently for television and public education campaigns.

Indigenous Name
wayang kulit
Date/Period
20th century
Region
Java, Indonesia
Dimension
Object size: 81 x 36.8 cm
Accession No.
XXXX-05232
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. Suwanda Suna
Category
Theatre Artefacts