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India Tall Rod Puppets of Rama and Sita with Three Dimensional Heads and Crowns (Full View)

India Tall Rod Puppets of Rama and Sita with Three Dimensional Heads and Crowns (Full View)

Wooden rod puppet (wayang golek) of Rama and Sita, from the Hindu legend called Ramayana. The doll puppets are manipulated by a bamboo rod that runs through the center of the body, as well as smaller rods connected to the puppet's hands. A puppeteer (dalang) controls the doll by using the rods to turn the head and move the jointed arms (which are connected with strings). The Rama and Sita dolls are made entirely from wood and are wearing velvet sarongs embellished with beads, sequins, and gold applique. Below the waist, a sarong type batik skirt hides the puppeteer's hands. The heads and majestic crowns are three-dimensional, carved and hand painted. They have tassels hanging on either side of their crowns. The figures are about 27 inches (69 cm) tall.

For the story, visit The Story of Rama and Sita

Galleries: Asia, Hand Puppet, Hinduism, India Miscellaneous, Mixed Groups, Puppetry
Keywords: All_Rama_Sita, Asia, India, Indonesia, Rama, Ramayana, Sita, batik, carved, crown, dalang, doll, female, figurine, hand painted, handcrafted, king, male, man, queen, rod puppet, rods, tassels, three-dimensional, wayang golek, woman, wood
Photo Location: FCIT Photo Studio, Tampa, FL
Photographer: Dr. Ann E. Barron
Date of Photo: 05/30/2013
Device Make: Canon
Device Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure Time: 0.0333333
F Number: 10
Original Dimensions: 3372×5064
Picture Orientation: Portrait
GPS Coordinates: 28°3'40.85"N 82°24'36.26"W
Picture Number: 24684