Beast Paper Puppet

Beast Paper Puppet

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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.
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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
1875 - 1915
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
ink (overall material)
paper (overall material)
overall: 7 in x 2 1/2 in; 17.78 cm x 6.35 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
White City Elementary School
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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