Carved and painted wooden marionette
Late 19th Century
Museum no. S.720-1990
Carved and painted wooden marionette of Harelequin with a black woolen fabric mask. His upper arms and waist are of stuffed calico, his hands and lower arms are carved in one and his hands are painted with lovely detail. He also has carved detail on his ears. His thighs are jointed to his calves, and his calves to his to feet - they are painted as with white stockings and black pumps. He has real hair at the back of his head and a carved and painted moustache. His costume is in cream, brown, green, organge, sage, purple, black and gold triangles edged with sequins. He has a leather belt, a lace jabot trimmed with pink ribbon and lace at his wrists. He has two knee strings and two hand strings and one string above each ear - fixed to a wooden three bar control.