SET A4/B4 Puppeteer Sets

 

Puppetry as theatre (wayang) is most highly developed in the Indonesian Archipelago. The performances are the presentations of Hindu epics, Javanese history plays and the Islamic Menak cycles. These performances are given in towns and villages on festive occasions.

 

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The puppeteer (dalang) manipulates a huge array of various puppets supported with music from a gamelan gender wayang orchestra. There are three specific gamelan orchestras with simplified gangsa sections suitable for wayang performances.

 

The gangsa section has been simplified to a set of two specific musical instruments. These are either the gender, saron or pemade. In Bali, the pemade is typically used. In Java, the gender or saron is typically used. A female singer, known as a pesinden, is also featured.

 

The dalang acts as conductor, knocking a small piece of wood (cepala) against the puppet box, giving signals similar to those given by a drummer, while he manipulates the puppets, speaking and/or singing all their parts.

 

In Indonesia, there are two basic forms of puppetry – wayang kulit (leather puppets) and wayang golek (solid puppets).

 

 

Wayang Kulit

 

This is the more ancient and developed of the two types of puppetry. Wayang kulit is a theatrical perfomance using puppets made from leather which are manipulated to cast shadows on a screen backlit by a light source such as oil lamps.

 

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Wayang Kulit Puppets

 

                              

Brass-etched Wayang Kulit Silhouettes

 

  

The highly stylized and abstract puppets are carved from buffalo leather with intricate motifs and painted. The audience can watch performances from the back as well as from the front and admire the actual puppets being manipulated. The puppets present a strikingly colourful and diverse array of pieces which makes for a terrific display.

 

 

Wayang Golek

 

Wayang golek are wooden carved doll puppets that are operated by rods. The simple construction of the puppets belies their versatility, expressiveness and aptitude for imitating human dance.

 

Wayang Kulit Puppets

 

The master puppet-maker usually makes the head because it expresses the personality of the puppet. A piece of light, local softwood, which is easy to carve and not too heavy to hold up during a performance, is used. Bodies are often made by others, and arms are attached at the elbow and shoulders with string so that they move easily. Costumes are usually made by wives.

 

 

The A4 and B4 series Wayang Kulit / Wayang Golek Sets

Each basic set would comprise of a puppeteer, assistant, puppets and accessories. The Wayang Kulit set includes brass-etched pieces carefully painted to resemble typical Wayang Kulit puppets. The Wayang Golek set includes sculpted cast pieces carefully painted to resemble Wayang Golek puppets. These sets may be combined with a gamelan orchestra set to make up a spectacular display!

 

 

Wayang Kulit performance with a gamelan saron wayang orchestra

 

 

 Set A4a Balinese Wayang Kulit Puppets

This set depicts a Balinese puppeteer, puppets, assistant and accessories. This unique offering contains a series of exquisite steel-etched and painted figurines to represent perfectly scaled Wayang Kulit puppets (the only kind in this world!).  This set is available now.

 

Set A4b Balinese Wayang Golek Puppets

A similar set to Set A4a but containing cast Wayang Golek puppets. This set is being developed.

 

Set B4aJ Javanese Wayang Kulit Puppets

This set depicts a Javanese puppeteer, puppets, assistant and accessories. This unique offering contains a series of exquisite brass-etched and painted figurines to represent perfectly scaled Wayang Kulit puppets (the only kind in this world!). This set is available now.

 

Set B4bJ Javanese Wayang Golek Puppets

This set depicts a puppeteer, puppets, assistants, musicians and accessories. This unique offering contains a series of exquisite cast Wayang Golek puppets (the only kind in this world!). This set is being developed.

 

Set B4aJK Javanese Kraton Wayang Kulit Puppets

This set depicts a Javanese puppeteer, puppets, assistant and accessories. This unique offering contains a series of exquisite brass-etched and painted figurines to represent perfectly scaled Wayang Kulit puppets (the only kind in this world!). This set is available now.

 

Set B4b Javanese Kraton Wayang Golek Puppets

This set depicts a puppeteer, puppets, assistants, musicians and accessories. This unique offering contains a series of exquisite cast Wayang Golek puppets (the only kind in this world!). This set is being developed.