Indonesian Marionette Puppet Review

By: Karl & Tonya from When It Was Cool (@wiwcool)

This thing probably won't kill us in our sleep.

We first discovered the wonderful creepy thing that is an Indonesian Marionette puppet at a flea market in Pensacola, Florida.  A vendor had the frightening marionette for sale for about $50 and a patron purchased the weird creature right out from under us so we knew we had to find one of these somewhere.  Of course, we immediately went to the electronic version of a flea market- eBay.

We found this macabre, uncanny valley looking, surely won't murder us in our sleep, Indonesian marionette doll from a seller.  Prices range widely on these things and they can be found from the vintage to the modern.

 Spreading it's arms like the angel of death coming to take you in your sleep.  With it's piercing eyes and yellowed teeth it's probably the perfect room mate for a small child.

Spreading it's arms like the angel of death coming to take you in your sleep.  With it's piercing eyes and yellowed teeth it's probably the perfect room mate for a small child.

I think we can all agree from the start that marionette's are creepy just because they exist.  They are almost human in movement but with just enough stiffness and wobbliness to fall firmly into the uncanny valley of the imagination.  The Indonesian marionette doll kicks up the creep to another level with a head sculpt that has to be purposefully carved for maximum fear factor.

We aren't sure what year ours is other than it is post-1900.  I'm not sure it really matters because, I mean come on, look at this thing!

 Look at it!

Look at it!

I notice that a lot of these Indonesian marionettes have similar themes, often with crowns and elaborate clothing.  These things look to be part of the Wayang puppet family.  These things are really nightmarish.

 The back of the head is ornate and colorful.

The back of the head is ornate and colorful.

 Come dance the dance of death.

Come dance the dance of death.

 The head removed from it's body... as soon yours will be.

The head removed from it's body... as soon yours will be.

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