When next at our Lansing bed and breakfast, take time to visit the MSU Museum. Now through November 7, 2010, Sticks, Strings and Shadows: Puppets of Asia is on display in the Ground Floor Gallery.
These elegant, slender marionettes are part of a recently acquired collection at the Michigan State University Museum. Dorris Neilson of Avoca, Michigan, collected the puppets over the course of twenty years. Among other items, in Indonesia she found shadow puppets, in Sri Lanka and Myanmar (formerly Burma) she acquired string marionettes, and in Indonesia she picked up a rod puppet. Ms. Neilson was a school teacher; she carefully documented her travels and acquisition so that she could share them with her students. The MSU Museum has greatly benefited from her thoroughness.
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