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

Subject:

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

Exhibition:

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

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a4-c0e7-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_662436

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.