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Glove Puppet - Crocodile

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T5677
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection
Date:1850 - 1925


Pine, polychrome puppet from a set of Punch and Judy characters made in England after 1860. Crocodiles first appeared in Punch and Judy shows in the mid 19th century. They represent the struggle with evil and appear towards the end of the performance. Crocodiles replaced the traditional devil and dragon characters, which by the 1860's were considered to be too frightening.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Carved, painted and sewn.
Place of Origin:England


Height:62.5 cm
Width:24 cm

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