Hand made marionette depicting a wicked witch character. 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 witch, who is wearing a black dress with an intentionally tattered black jacket over the top. There is some green sequined detailing around her collar, which a little unstuck. The jacket is quite damaged around her left arm, where the fabric has torn under her arm. There is little other damage to her outfit. Her arms and legs have been painted in purple-brown colour with black detailing. This paintwork is quite worn in places. She retains both of her felt soles and has a black boot painted on her left foot only, which is also quite worn. Her face has been painted a darker brown, and has quite large chips in it. She wears a fearsome expression, with her eyes wide and her mouth open bearing teeth. She retains her grey hair. Her conical black hat has been made of cardboard. The hat's rim is torn and the paint has faded exposing green underneath. This marionette is attached to a three piece mechanism. There are operating strings attached to numerous parts of her, including her head, limbs and shoulders. The feet have been weighted

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