This wooden puppet head (height 18 cm) probably had been in use till the end of the 19th century. It could be a very attractive, antique item in every interior, both classic and modern. Warning: beware the puppet doesn't stick her tongue out when you invite your parents in law!!
We have a few of these very rare heads on stock. Every head is unique and could therefor be a bit different than the one on the photos. All are in the same quality!!
Deze houten kop (hoogte 18 cm) is van een marionet uit Myanmar en is mogelijk tot eind 19de eeuw in gebruik geweest. De kop is zeer karakteristiek en zou een prachtige blikvanger in uw interieur kunnen zijn! Pas op: de marionet steekt bij tijd en wijle de tong uit, dus pas op bij hoog bezoek!
We hebben enkele van deze zeldzame koppen op voorraad. Elke kop is uniek en zal dus wat af kunnen wijken van het exemplaar op de foto. De kwaliteit van elke kop is echter gelijk.
The probable date of the origin of Burmese marionettes is given as around 1780, during the reign of Singu Min, and their introduction is credited to the Minister of Royal Entertainment, U Thaw. From their inception, marionettes enjoyed great popularity in the courts of the Konbaung dynasty. Little has changed since the creation of the art by U Thaw, and the set of characters developed by him is still in use today.
Yoke thé troupes, like most artisans in pre-colonial Burma alongside the Sangha, enjoyed great royal patronage. However, like most forms of traditional arts, patronage vanished upon the colonisation of Upper Burma by the British in November 1885, following the Third Anglo-Burmese War.
Yoke thé (literally "miniatures") is the Burmese name for marionettepuppetry. Although the term can be used for marionettery in general, its usage usually refers to the local form of string puppetry. Like most of Burmese refined art, yoke thé performances originated from royal patronage and were gradually adapted for the wider populace. Yoke thé are almost always performed in the form of Burmese operas.
Burmese marionettes are very intricate and their use requires dexterous skills, as they employ 18 or 19 wires for male and female characters respectively, and each puppet is controlled by only one puppeteer.