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Shadow Puppet
Title Shadow Puppet
Accession Number 79.505
Title2 Mahodara (Minister of Ravana)
Museum Name National Museum, New Delhi
Gallery Name Anthropology
Object Type Anthropology
Main Material Leather
Manufacturing Technique Painted
Country India
Origin Place Andhra Pradesh
Period / Year of Work 20th century CE
Dimensions Lt. 39.8; Wd. 48 cms
Detailed Description In Andhra Pradesh, there is a tradition of making shadow puppets which can be traced back to 16th century during the time of Vijayanagara rulers. This tradition is called Tholu Bommalata, with Tholu meaning leather and Bommalata meaning puppet dance. These puppet shows generally depict stories from the epics such as Mahabharata and Ramayana, with performances which can stretch for nights. These puppets are made of leather and especially a translucent form of goat skin is utilised for it, which are cut and punched to make the characters they are suppose to portray. Then, they are painted with vivid colours. Slim bamboo sticks are attached for holding purpose and most of the times the limbs are in parts and are movable. The translucency of these leather puppets emit a mysterious glow when light passes through them. The puppet here depicts Mahodara, a minister of Ravana. He is painted with a turquoise blue skin and has movable arms. He has a pointed nose.
Brief Description This is a shadow puppet depicting Mahodara, a minister of Ravana.