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Resources > Collections > Artwork Monkey

Year of execution:  2015
Year of acquisition:  2015
Medium:   Decorative textile, Handpainted wood carving, String
Dimension:  Approx 100 cm (height)  cm
Acquired in 2015

Myanmar Marionettes is a Mandalay-based string puppetry company founded by Ma Ma Naing and Naing Yee Mar in 1986. To the present day, the Myanmar Marionettes and their programming still strive not only to entertain through their performances but also to educate the world audience on the rich history and cultural values of Myanmar’s theatrical arts.

This marionette figure depicts a monkey (Myauk), a character from The Himalayan Scene – a narrative describing the world's creation. He is clothed like a person, adorning black velvet clothing with decorative details around his neck, ankles, and wrist. The figure also wears a red sequined belt around his waist, giving an impression of luxury and wealth. The Monkey character, adapted from the Ramayana Epic, was scripted to be involved in a fight with the Jungle and City Ogres. The strings pulling his spine are purposefully designed to be shorter to mirror the posture of a monkey, which appears as though his upper body hunches forward when standing on stage.


Myanmar Marionettes Theatre Co Ltd