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Boxed Marionette - Hi-Lo, Lamont Puppets, circa 1954 Object Reg. No: SH 000320

Boxed Marionette or a String Puppet made by Lamont Puppets, circa 1954. It was one of a set of three of the puppets received by Ann Hargreaves as a gift for Christmas in 1954. They came with a simple stand up theatre which fitted in her bedroom doorway. She and a cousin used them to perform concerts. She was an only child, and often use to play with them in front of a mirror so she could watch the play. She would make up storylines, and also made other costumes to transform the puppets (none of which survive.)
Wooden puppet dressed in a flower print tunic, light pink pants, a red felt hat and a plaited ponytail. The puppet's face has been painted with angled almond shaped eyes and a thin moustache, to give him the appearance of a Chinese man.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Ann Hargreaves, 2000
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 335 mm (Height)
Dimension Comment: Meaurements taken while marionette was in box and do not account for the strings and control piece in height,

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Tagged with: chinese communities, chinese immigration, puppets, children s play, games, racial identity, puppetry, cultural stereotypes
Themes this item is part of: Childhood & Youth Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Identity: Yours, Mine, Ours, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 2011-2021, Leisure Collection, Objects & Cultural Stereotypes in Museum Victoria Collections
Primary Classification: GAMES & TOYS
Secondary Classification: Puppets
Tertiary Classification: marionettes
Manufacturer: Lamont Puppets, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia, 1954-1965
User: Mrs Ann Hargreaves, Victoria, Australia, circa 1954

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