Indo-Pacific Art

Box of Shadow Puppets (Wayang Kulit), for the set Kyai Drajat

late 19th–early 20th century

Wood with metal hardware

20 1/2 × 60 1/4 × 29 15/16 in. (52 × 153 × 76 cm)
The Dr. Walter Angst and Sir Henry Angest Collection
Made in Surakarta (Solo), Java, Indonesia
Not on view
Surakarta (Solo)
19th–20th century
Performing Arts - Puppetry

Made by artists from the court of Sultan Pakubowono X of Surakarta (Solo); presented as a royal gift (Paringan Dalem) by the court of Surakarta (Solo) to Suhartoyo, Indonesian Ambassador to Great Britain (1985-1989); by descent to heirs; sold to Dr. Walter Angst (1942-2014), Uberlingen, Germany [See Note I], 2000 in Yogyakarta; by descent to Sir Henry Angest (b.1940), London, England, and Perth, Scotland, 2014 [See Note II]; gift to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2018.

Notes: [I] Dr. Walter Angst (1942-2014) was a primatologist and notable collector of ‘wayang’ (Indonesian puppets) and wayang-related material. From the 1970s he amassed a collection of more than 20,000 puppets, mostly in full sets. While most were acquired directly from Indonesian puppet masters and local dealers, he also purchased many on the international art market. His entire collection was gifted to the Yale University Art Gallery, along with his collection notes. Research is currently ongoing to confirm Angst’s acquisition of each object. [II] Upon Dr. Angst’s death, while legal title passed to his brother, Sir Henry Angest (b.1940), who resides in the United Kingdom, the collection remained in Germany until its donation to the YUAG.

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