Leshyi Folklorette Puppet used by Basil Milovsoroff

Description (Brief):

This whimsical painted and ornamented figure named Leyshi or Standing Bird is one of three marionettes created by Basil Milovsoroff for one of his puppet shows. Leshyi the Standing Bird is a magical villain and jokester who represents the image of a mythical forest creature with large painted horns and two different hats. He is accompanied by Baba Yaga, the wicked witch, and Kosheyi the Deathless along with a background painted panel called "The Hut on Chicken Legs". The puppets could be operated with either strings and/or a rod.

Description (Brief)

Milovsoroff was known for his strange but whimsical puppets which were based on characters from Russian folklore and fairy tales. Milovsoroff called these puppets "folklorettes" otherwise known as sprites, elves, goblins, or fairies who lived in an imaginary, forest-like kingdom.

Description (Brief)

Born in Siberia, Basil Milovsoroff (1906–1992) emigrated to the United States in 1927 and went on to receive a bachelors degree from Oberlin College in 1932, and completed his masters in 1934. From 1934-1957 he toured the United States producing puppet shows in museums and children's theaters featuring Russian folk tales.

Description (Brief)

Milovsoroff was a member of The Federal Theatre Project, which was one of many programs created by President Roosevelt for the New Deal in 1935. The project was developed during the Great Depression to employ jobless theater professionals and make the performing arts available to the vast number of citizens who had little money for entertainment. Puppets were an integral part of this project and marionette units presented an average of 1200 shows a week in 22 states. Between 1934-1937, the Federal Theater Project units produced over 2700 plays seen by about 30 million people, most of whom had ever seen a play.

Description (Brief)

In 1954 Milovsoroff taught Russian at Cornell University and was named the Chairman of the National Festival of the Puppeteers of America.

Date Made: 1935

Associated Person: Milovsoroff, BasilMaker: Milovsoroff, Basil

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Vermont, NorwichAssociated Place: United States: Vermont

General Subject Association: Puppetry


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Credit Line: Basil and Georgia Taylor Milovsoroff

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1985.0398.03Accession Number: 1985.0398Catalog Number: 1985.0398.03

Object Name: puppet

Physical Description: metal (overall material)wood (overall material)fabric (overall material)Measurements: overall: 21 in x 8 in x 8 in; 53.34 cm x 20.32 cm x 20.32 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-b062-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_681520

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