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Jerrell Ross ARTH 485 Paper #1 Kresna Wayong Golek Puppet The formal analysis is a standing sculpture commonly known as Kresna Wayong Golek Puppet is awe inspiring. It came from Sundanese, Indonesia. It is made of wood batik, fabric, velveteen, and sequins. It is tall and lanky and has a rectangular shape to it. It was very colorful and dressed formal. The mass of it was very light. It was brought to Northern Illinois University on April 1, 1979. It was presented to the Museum of Anthropology by Brandon Wardell, Associate Professor of Lighting Design. According to Asian Education, the figure of the wayong golek can be divided into five main character types: refined, semi refined, strong, emotionally controlled, and special. A character type is indicated through the facial features and shape of the body. Puppet movement and voice are also determined by this typology. A puppet’s specific character is identified by its puppet’s headdress. Based on the Asian Education website, this sculpture in the museum is a refined character. Refined characters have white faces, bowed heads, and small and downcast eyes. They move in slow, gliding motions and speak in low, melodious voices. Their language is polite, and the thoughts they express are complex. Heroes and heroines are usually of this type. The contextual analysis of this standing sculpture has to do with puppet theatre. When I first saw the sculpture I was not able to understand the meaning of the sculpture. According to Professor Wardell, you can do things with puppets that you cannot do as with people. From the evidence presented by him at the museum, I think that the sculpture has to do with the way that actors relate to things that are pretending to be actors, meaning how humans and puppets connect. The intersection is a really interesting place. The message that I believe this sculpture sends based on the

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