Halsey Munson Americana
204 North Summit Avenue
Decatur, Illinois 62522
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Rare & Wonderful Black Marionette
From the second half of the 1800s. Pine, maple and ash, with zinc hands and zinc-weighted feet. Completely articulated including his ankles. Remnants of black thread. I see no evidence of repairs or even appropriate replacements. Although black figures in the form of hand puppets and artist’s mannikins are not at all common themselves, early black marionettes top the rarity chart. 17” tall.