Hand made marionette depicting a grey and white donkey. It was manufactured and operated in Melbourne by Alex and Murray Smith, who performed as part of Le Forgeron Marionettes from 1930 until 1956.

Physical Description

Marionette depicting a donkey, which is covered in a two-toned grey/cream plush fabric- which is in good condition overall. The body is padded; the head is wood and papier-mache; the legs are fabric, with wood inside the fabric from the knee down. One foot is missing its felt sole. His tail is made of cream coloured imitation hair shot with dark grey. He has large wooden ears nailed to his head. They are attached to a piece of string which is able to move them up and down. His mouth, nose and eyes are painted on- his snout is quite damaged. He is cross-eyed. There is considerable wear to the fabric around the face and ears. The Donkey is suspended from a piece of wood. There are operating strings attached to numerous parts of him, including his head, limps and shoulders. The feet have been weighted

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