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Catalog Number 10098-31
Title Puppet; Wood; Lady; Fing Loo from The Gooseberry Mandarin; Vivian Michael
Object Name Puppet
Description Shanafelt hand-and-rod Puppet. How it works: 4" x 4.125" card donated with puppet reads, "This type of puppet works in no-floor stage, needs no proceniums, nor overhead. The puppeteers sit on small stools that roll around on castors. Notches on the edge of the stage permit puppets to be placed there and stand by themselves, permitting one operator to work several puppets." Construction: Puppet is made of jointed wood. Her arms are almost as long as her legs. She's an oriental-styled puppet; face has painted features. Clothing: Purple oriental jacket, bell-shaped long sleeves trimmed with one row of braiding. Pants are a lighter shade of purple with trim around each cuff. A black felt piece hangs from waist to feet in back. Shoes are painted on. Hat is black cloth, edges trimmed with red and black beading. There is an artificial bouquet of flowers on left side of hat.
Year Range from 1920
Year Range to 1960
Material wood (black walnut)
Made Michael, Vivian
Place of Origin USA: Ohio
Height (in) 20.5
People Shanafelt, Marjorie
History This puppet was made by Vivian Michael of Ohio University. She worked with Marjorie Batchelder in elaborate rod puppet shows. The puppet is Fing Loo from "The Gooseberry Mandarin", a puppet play that Marjorie Shanafelt would perform.

Puppeteer Marjorie Shanafelt was a curator of visual education at the University of Nebraska. She also authored puppet plays and was an original member of the Puppeteers of America. In 1963, Marjorie estimated that she had made over a thousand puppets. She had a puppet theater in her home at 2525 South 19th Street in Lincoln. Party and club groups numbering up to 30 people frequently enjoyed shows there. She would also travel with her puppets to private parties. In 1949, she toured Europe and showed her puppets at the National Scala in Coppenhagen
Marjorie died in 1973 at the age of 84.
Credit line Elva L. McFie, Lincoln (Lancaster), Nebraska
Collection McFie, Elva L.