Shadow puppet, demon

This puppet with large red body, sharp teeth and grotesque features represents an evil ogre in the Javanese wayang kulit, or leather shadow puppet theatre tradition. It appears alongside characters from the wayang stories that include the Hindu epics, the Ramayana and Mahabharata.Wayang kulit is considered the highest of the performing arts. Performed in the royal courts of Java as early as the ninth century, this tradition continues to be treasured as one of the pusaka or sacred heirlooms of the court. Wayang kulit is traditionally performed on ritual feast days and religious ceremonies. It has also been adapted for television and public education campaigns.

Indigenous Name
wayang kulit
20th century
Java, Indonesia
Object size: L80cm
Accession No.
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. Suwanda Suna
Theatre Artefacts