Indo-Pacific Art

Puppet (Wayang Klitik) possibly of Prahasta

early 20th century

Water buffalo hide, wood, pigments, cotton

32 7/8 × 15 7/16 in. (83.5 × 39.21 cm)
The Dr. Walter Angst and Sir Henry Angest Collection
Made in Java, Indonesia
20th century
Performing Arts - Puppetry

Herman Suwandhani, Malang, Indonesia; Dr. Walter Angst (1942-2014), Uberlingen, Germany, 1993 [See Note I]; by descent to Sir Henry Angest (b.1940), London, England, and Perth, Scotland, 2014 [See Note II]; gift to the 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.


“Acquisitions July 1, 2017–June 30, 2018,” (accessed December 1, 2018).

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.