Vintage wooden puppets

The history of wooden puppets goes through time and cultures. Their birth is dated XI before JC, in India, then in all of South East Asia.

Stick Puppets, animated figures and pantomime coexist: their role was improvised on epic mythological Indian themes: the Bala-Ramayana and the Maha-Bharata.

Although these performances were sacred, the comedic spirit was also present. The popular aspect of puppet shows can be attributed to the profane elements in it, giving birth to the jester trend for characters such as Vidouchka the Hindu.

In France, jugglers introduced Puppet Theater from Rome. Conceived as pure entertainment, it was also the first to be authorized, in Christian society, to give Christ human features, usually symbolized as a lamb. It is only after the XIIIth century that puppets entered the Church to give paraliturgical performances. These shows were very popular.

Until the renaissance, the life of puppets is more or less the same all over Occident, but from the XVIth century to the XVIIIth, Puppet Theater came close to acting performances.

Created by Laurent Mourguet at the beginning of the XIXth century, the Guignol character appears as familiar. Guignol is a modest craftsman, often accompanied by Madelon, his surly wife, and Gnafron, a drunkard. They often have troubles with cops. Popular and tongue in cheek, Guignol is the portrayal of the "Lyonnais", prudish and hardworking.

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Wooden Puppet value and price guide

What's your Wooden Puppet worth in 2021? Here are some recently sold items.

Item Title Date Price
wooden head hand carved male 13 doll cloth body puppet Wooden Head Hand Carved Male 13 Doll Cloth Body Puppet 11/2021 $21.50
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wooden german punch judy puppet show theater dollhouse Wooden German Punch Judy Puppet Show Theater Dollhouse 09/2021 $31.00
wooden dancing santa jumping paper die cut string Wooden Dancing Santa Jumping Paper Die Cut String 10/2021 $12.00
wooden mannequin human puppet Wooden Mannequin Human Puppet 10/2021 $69.99
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1 comment
Valerie - September 26, 2010
Hi, How can I tell how old my newly aquired wooden horse puppet is? Can I send you a photo via email if you can help? (he looks very vintage) Best wishes Valerie
Sure send me a picture, hope I can help.