File puptcrit/puptcrit.0811, message 32

Date: Sat, 01 Nov 2008 20:45:14 GMT
Subject: [Puptcrit] Sicilian puppet weght

In Catania, the Southern Sicilian puppets could reach 4 to 5 ft tall and would be very heavy. The smaller Sicilian pupi (roughly 2 to 3 ft tall)  of Palermo are still notably heavier than similar sized marionettes, with wood heads, torsoes, legs, feet, plus metal armor if they are knights.

I often hand a Palermo puppet to visitors, and they immediately react wih surprise at the weight.

There are souvenir versions of Palermo knights with thinner metal used in the armor (it dents easily)---these are NOT professional performing figures, but make nice decorations. Unscrupulous sellers frequently pass these off as "antique" and may go so far as painting "patina" or  fake corrosion on the armor. (one of the dangers of e-bay).


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