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Published August 20, 2022 Updated August 20, 2022

Marionnettes Wayang

Striking Wayang puppet designs conceived by Youdi des Aubrys from Indonesia, 1985.

1985 Indonesia France Cartes Youdi des Aubrys Theatre Add to Collection
Wayang designs conceived by Youdi des Aubrys from Indonesia, 1985

Wayang is a traditional form of puppet theatre entertainment which originated on the island of Java but which is also known in Bali and elsewhere. The name wayang can refer to the entire show or to the puppet itself. The strong, full-length designs in this pack were created by Youdi des Aubrys, an artist considered Dutch but who was born in Indonesia in 1928. As of June 2022, she was still alive, living and working between Menton and Nice. The characters depicted are not named. The Aces are elaborately decorated, with scaled-down, simplified versions of these suit-signs appearing on the pip cards. Shown here is one of two different back designs produced.
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Wayang designs conceived by Youdi des Aubrys from Indonesia, 1985 Wayang designs conceived by Youdi des Aubrys from Indonesia, 1985 Wayang designs conceived by Youdi des Aubrys from Indonesia, 1985

Above: Wayang marionette designs conceived by Youdi des Aubrys from Indonesia, printed by France Cartes, St Max, France, 1985. 52 cards + 2 Jokers + 1 title card in tuck box. Size: 63 x 88 mm.

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