Beast Paper Puppet

Description (Brief):

This 3/4 view paper puppet represents the Beast from the popular fairy tale Beauty and the Beast and was probably part of a child's toy set. Dating from the late 19th to early 20th century, the beast, portrayed as a bear, is wearing a bejeweled cap, with a purple cape, a white doublet, and carries a casket of jewels.

Description (Brief)

The cut out paper figure is a chromolithograph, embossed with decorative details and has a moving arm that is bradded at the shoulder. The puppet is mounted on a piece of stiff cardboard and manipulated with a small wooden stick that extends through a slot at the bottom.

Date Made: 1875 - 1915

Location: Currently not on view

General Subject Association: PuppetrySubject: Toys


See more items in: Culture and the Arts: Entertainment, Puppets


Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: White City Elementary School

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1979.1153.01Accession Number: 1979.1153Catalog Number: 1979.1153.01

Object Name: puppet

Physical Description: wood (overall material)ink (overall material)paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 7 in x 2 1/2 in; 17.78 cm x 6.35 cm


Record Id: nmah_662436

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