Wayang Shadow Puppets

Style, epic stories, and surprises in the world of Indonesian wayang

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Unit Pengelola Museum Seni

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Shining a light on Indonesian shadow puppets

8 Things You Need To Know About Indonesian Leather Puppets

Did you know the audience sit both front and back stage?

Zoom into over 100 puppets in high-resolution

Experience the craftsmanship behind the intricate details

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Listen and look

Where wayang meets traditional Indonesian gamelan music

Meet the five famous brothers in puppet form

The Pandava: An Epic Wayang Story

How 5 brothers made their difference an asset to win a battle

Which island does Wayang come from?
Clue: It is the fourth largest island in Indonesia
Java
Wayang craft form assimilated in Java Island since before 10th Century

Watch a Puppet Being Made

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Which wayang is which?

How to tell the puppets apart

Now see if you can tell the difference...

Can you find...

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Did you find them?

Find out if you're as keen-eyed as the hawk

Indonesia by color

From serene greens in Javanese temples to rainbow wayang

How long do Wayang performances last?
8 hours
The performance usually starts late in the evening and finishes at dawn.

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