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Chinese Wood and Cloth Hand Puppet Doll 14.5 inch
This is an unusual 14.5" tall Chinese hand puppet doll with wooden head, hands and feet and cloth body. Though similar in form to the more often found Chinese opera dolls, this one differs in that his head and limbs are carved wood, and the body is constructed so that your hand goes inside the body to operate him as a puppet. He has a very long real hair mustache. His delicately carved hands are jointed for extra expressiveness. He is dressed in a simple dark blue robe with green border trim. His legs are red cloth, and the inside where you insert your hand is white cotton.
Condition is overall good. There is some minor paint loss. He has holes in the ear lobes that once held earrings or perhaps more hair. The white cotton inside is stained from the red from the legs.
I haven't seen another hand puppet like this one. He is quite fun. I estimate that he may date from circa mid 20th century though possibly older.
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