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Resources > Collections > Artwork Page Boy

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 figure is Page Boy (Thu nge daw), an errand boy preparing for the arrival of the King. On stage, the character is identifiable by its petite size and joyful disposition as it skips and prances around the stage. The figure is dressed in a bright yellow shirt and trousers with red ruffles and sequin detailing, as well as a lavender woven pasoe around his waist. The page boy wears a necklace with gold beads around his neck, and his long black hair is tied in two high ponytails. The figure's chubby cheeks are painted with a bright yellow circle on each side, depicting a cream made of the bark of a tree or thaneka, generally used by young children to protect their skin from the sun.


Myanmar Marionettes Theatre Co Ltd