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DOUBLE PUPPET £32
two faced puppet in colourful costume, four arms.
42cm. tall. Various colours. These masked puppets
are used each January/February during the ancient
Swasthani Festival of the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal.
This is an important festival involving the whole
community. Children are given puppets and small
masks to play with and adults wear larger masks
during that time. Dancers and musicians perform
in the village and town squares. They represent
the various Hindu deities that must be worshiped
in order to give good fortune to the community during
Springtime and for the planting season.
The masks are hand made of clay and paper and covered
woth a fine cotton gauze before being brightly coloured
and lacquered. The clothes are always made out of
hand loomed cottons produced in the medieval city
of Bhaktapur in the Kathmandu Valley.
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