Hand made marionette depicting a snowman. 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

Marionetted depicting a snowman, which is made from a soft white fabric; the whole body is stuffed and sown together. It appears that there is no wood or wiring inside the marionette to give it shape. The head appears to be a fabric covered ball. Six black buttons have been painted in a line down the middle of his front. His face, toes and fingers have also been painted on in black. A once clear glitter (which is now a cream colour) has been glued to the front of the torso, cheeks, legs and feet. He wears a small red and white striped scarf which has been padded. He has a black felt hat which is not properly attached to his head; it has a large hole in it. There are the black plastic tops to dressmaker pins attached to the hat, but the pins themselves have broken off into the head; there are circular rust marks where they have snapped. He is quite dirty. The snowman has a mechanism. There are operating strings attached to numerous parts of him, including his head, limbs and shoulders. The feet have been weighted

More Information