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Seller: scrapdixon ✉️ (2,110) 100%, Location: Aigaliers, FR, Ships to: AMERICAS, EUROPE, ASIA, AU, Item: 394449319664 V LARGE ANTIQUE BURMESE PUPPET MARIONETTE INTERIOR DESIGN BUDDHIST GARUDA 39 ins. A very Large Antique Burmese Puppet in the form of The Garuda Bird. Because of its height and richly ornamented dress, this Burmese string puppet or marionette can be identified as one of the more important characters in the traditional repertoire, Garuda. This large Burmese Puppet Mythological Garuda Bird dressed in the clothing of one who is held in high esteem in Burmese Myth and folklore is a work of art with thousands of sequins stitched into the cloth, with glass beads, jewels and thayo lacquer decoration emphasizing the bird like face. In Burmese folklore the Garuda bird is referred to as Galone or Nan Belu, also known as the city demon when presented in Burmese Puppet shows. Nan Belu is considered more powerful than his rival the forest ogre also referred to as Taw Belu, Jungle demon or forest ogre, these puppets are usually presented together in Burmese puppet theatre shows. Because of the Garuda’s great strength he is represented as one of the one hundred and eight signs in the footprint of the Buddha and is referred to as Supanna-raja or Galon King. The multiple strings attached to the puppet suggest it was made in the late 1800s. Prior to the 1870s, very few strings were used as the puppets served mainly as a focus for storytelling. However, following the annexation of Burma by the British in 1885 and the end of centralised court authority, theatrical competition intensified and more strings were added to provide novelty. Sadly, by the 1930s, puppetry could no longer compete with other popular forms of Burmese entertainment. Today, the tradition is still carried on by a small number of troupes who preserve the ancient Burmese courtly way of life on the stage. Puppet plays have been a part of Burmese performing arts since at least the mid 1400s, maturing during the next 300 years to a standard high enough for inclusion in court entertainment. In 1776, puppet troupes came under official control; regulations were laid down, outstanding groups performed at court on a regular basis and the art of the puppeteer grew significantly in stature. The plays were always performed at night and served different purposes. For the ordinary Burmese they were a source of news and gossip; in the court context however, plays could serve as permissable mouthpieces for the people, a way to send important messages to the king. These messages could not be too frank or direct however, but members of the court were adept at deciphering them. Puppet making in Burma is carried out by men within strict guidelines. The wood used is 'yamane' or Gmelina arborea, which is light, pale in colour, durable and regarded as auspicious. Traditionally, a full set of 28 puppets, including both humans and animals, should be carved from a single yamane tree. The yamane log was floated in water and the part above the water-line provided wood for male figures, while the submerged part was used for female puppets. The thickest parts of the body are usually hollowed out to make them lighter and easier to manipulate. Modern puppet making is largely done for the tourist trade using inferior materials. A strict ratio was set down for male puppets while female puppets were made according to a traditional Buddhist notion of the female form. Each puppet has specially crafted joints attached by double strings with soft rags wrapped around them, over which a cotton cloth is sewn. In order to give mobility to the head, a round piece of wood, in the shape of a throat, is placed between the head and the shoulders and attached through with strings. Traditionally, the face was given seven layers of paint made of the finest talc, roasted tamarind seed and water, applied with a white chicken feather. The wrists have dovetail joints and the pelvic joints are connected with stronger strings, while the upward curve of the toes is said to lend a sense of speed to the feet. It was displayed in the mansion where I bought it with the strings hidden behind the body, flat against a wall, it was the focal point of the room. please scroll down for further details I am happy to combine shipping costs if you buy more than one item to save you money. MONEY BACK WITHOUT QUESTION IF I MISREPRESENT SOMETHING IN ANY WAY. CLICK HERE TO VISIT MY SHOP. CLICK HERE TO ADD ME TO YOUR FAVOURITE SELLERS LIST. Condition - Good Size - Height 100cm / 39 ins Shipping & Insurance to USA $49.50 ASK ME A QUESTION CONTACT DETAILS The Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations 2002 requires businesses to provide certain information about themselves, including their contact details and geographic address at which their business is established. To fulfill this requirement, sellers operating as a business on eBay.co.uk must complete the Business Seller Information section within their account, which will automatically display their business contact details and address on the seller's profile page Please CLICK HERE and then you can find my BUSINESS INFO WORLDWIDE SHIPPING Please note that I ship all items insured, trackable and priority mail. I am an Englishman living down in the beautiful rural South of France and spend my days searching the little brocantes, flea markets, and shops for treasures. I DO NOT buy reproductions or copies. Any questions will be answered promptly. MONEY BACK WITHOUT QUESTION IF I MISREPRESENT SOMETHING IN ANY WAY. I want YOU to be happy at the end of the day, so bid with confidence. I take a great deal of care packing - my feedback will confirm that I have a proven track record of selling high value, fragile items that arrive safely worldwide. All the best from the South of France, Tony (scrapdixon) Powered by eBay Turbo Lister The free listing tool. List your items fast and easy and manage your active items. Condition: PLEASE SEE LISTING FOR DETAILED CONDITION REPORT, Original/Reproduction: Antique Original, Region of Origin: Burma


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