Wayang Golek, Gatotkaca, warrior son of Bima.

A Brief Introduction to Gatotkaca:

Wayang Golek is a form of story-telling using puppets from Java, Indonesia. It is considered to be one of the oldest, continuous forms of story-telling in the world. This is Gatotkaca, the warrior son of Bima from the Mahabharata epic. Like Bima, he is known as a very great warrior. Like his father, he has a blue face, indicating divinity. He could fly without wings, although he is most often depicted with them, making this puppet either unusual or incomplete.


The length from the his head ornament to the base of his sarong is 34 inches. The stick attached to the left hand is 14.5 inches long and the one on the right is 15.5 inches long. He is still in working condition, with his head and segmented arms all being moveable. The stand was made at a later date for display purposes. It is 6 inches wide by 6 inches long by 10 inches high, and holds the puppet's support rod.

History and Condition

We don't know exactly how old he is, although we estimate that he was made between 1920 and 1960. T are a few places w the paint has been rubbed off (elbows, shoulders, and at the front points of his crown). The strings attaching the hands to their sticks have probably been replaced, and are made of plastic, not string.