Shadow puppet showing Vibheeshana

Unknown maker

  • Date: c. 1970
  • Dimensions: H; 170 cm, W: 176 cm
  • Medium: Natural pigments on buffalo hide
  • Region: Karnataka
  • Museum number: FAT.00065

Puppet representing Vibhishana, a character from the Hindu epic, the Ramayana.

This puppet is made of buffalo hide with articulated limbs to allow for movement. This form of shadow puppet theatre was traditionally chiefly concentrated in the States of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Orissa. Its characters are usually drawn from the Hindu Epics such as the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.

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