Perez II Marionette

Description (Brief):

This marionette is Perez #2 from the Latin American folk tale "Perez and Martina: A Portotican Folktale" written by Pura Belpre and published in the United States in 1932. Belpre was the first Puerto Rican librarian at the New York Public Library and a puppeteer. The story she wrote was told to her by her grandmother when growing up in Puerto Rico.

Description (Brief)

The traditional folk tale tells of a cockroach, named Martina, who finds a coin on a walkway and decides to buy with it a tin of face powder. She primps and then waits on her veranda above her garden for suitors to call. She settles on marrying a rat, Perez, who, unfortunately, becomes carried away by his own curiosity, falling, the next morning, into a vat of soup Martina is cooking. In some versions

Description (Brief)

he is rescued.

Description (Brief)

In the puppet play produced by Elizabeth L.. Haines with her husband, Frank D. Haines, Martina is a cricket and Perez is a mouse who competes for her favors with a rooster and a frog. Martina is looked after by an aging duenna beetle. She marries Perez, her face turning into that of a woman, and she lives "as happy as a cricket" with Perez ever after.

Description (Brief)

Perez #2 is made of hand carved wood, with hinged appendages and a moveable head. .is dressed for his wedding to Martina. His hands and face are painted a light gray, with black buttons for his eyes and nose, his ears are made of soft suede leather, and e has a moustache made of black feathers. He wears a fancy toreador suit with blue velvet pants and short jacket trimmed in the gold thread lace, and sports a bright pink cummerbund. This puppet is operated with a 5- wooden airplane control with ten strings.

Description (Brief)

Throughout the 1940s the Haines performed this version of the play, ( with Martina a cricket and Perez a mouse), before school groups in the Philadelphia area. The marionettes and stage props were created by Frank and Elizabeth made the costumes and the backdrops

Date Made: 1942

User: Haines, Elizabeth L.Haines, Frank D.Maker: Haines, Elizabeth L.Haines, Frank D.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Classified: Puppetry


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Credit Line: Elizabeth and Frank D. Haines

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2007.0137.004.08Accession Number: 2007.0137Catalog Number: 2007.0137.004.08

Object Name: puppetObject Type: puppetsmarionettes

Physical Description: fiber, synthetic, rayon (overall material)metallic thread (overall material)feathers (overall material)adhesive (overall material)leather (overall material)wood (overall material)paint (overall material)metal (overall material)Measurements: overall: 23 1/2 in x 9 in x 4 in; 59.69 cm x 22.86 cm x 10.16 cm


Record Id: nmah_1333004

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