Exhibition of Rare Javanese Wayang Kulit Puppets: September – October, 2015

Javanese leather puppet (Gatutkaca) dated 1918 from the Jeune Scott-Kemball Collection

The Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University presented an exhibition of Rare Javanese Wayang Kulit Puppets, prepared by the Music Archive of Monash University (MAMU) in celebration of the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music’s 50th Anniversary (1965-2015).

The exhibition included several extremely rare and beautiful puppets dating from 1918, and sourced from various parts of Java that were donated to MAMU by the Australian wayang collector and author Jeune Scott-Kemball.

The exhibition also featured puppets from contemporary wayang hiphop (“hiphop puppet theatre”) and wayang kancil (“deer story puppet theatre”) collections.



  • The Repository of Indonesian Arts (RIA)

    The Repository of the Indonesian Arts (RIA) is a physical and digital collection of recordings, art objects, photographs and writings on the music, dance, theatre and other performing arts of various islands and provinces of Indonesia, including the traditional, ethnographic, endangered, new, and revitalised arts.

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    A collection of Australian music from the beginnings of colonisation until the mid 20th century.