Current Exhibit

“Wayang Kulit”

Indonesian Shadow Puppets

on loan from
David Rogers

The Dalang (master puppeteer) sits cross-legged in the center before the white cloth with the puppets arranged on either side of him. He brings them up to the surface of the sheet, where they appear as black silhouettes to the audience on other side, even though they are colored.

They are made of water buffalo hide and are pierced by many small cutout sections to represent the figures’ head, arms, legs and clothing creating beautiful patterns in the shadows.