National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Puppet: Bull Puppet: Bull
Rendered by Hilda Olson (artist), c. 1940
watercolor and graphite on paperboard
overall: 27.8 x 35.4 cm (10 15/16 x 13 15/16 in.) Original IAD Object: 23" long; 12" high
Index of American Design
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From the Tour: Toys from the Index of American Design
Object 23 of 26

The repertoire of puppets is an extensive one and includes many characters and animals. This bull puppet of 1890 is particularly appealing. It is made of a cloth with a furry texture. The strings for operating the puppet are clearly visible here. Puppets have a long history, beginning as articulated stick figures in ancient Egypt, India, Greece, and Rome. During the Middle Ages, puppets were used in miracle plays. And in early America, puppet shows provided entertainment in remote frontier areas.

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