2 March 2012

Wooden puppets

Wooden puppets on sale at the Medina in Tunis.

These wooden puppets are a curious Tunisian souvenir.  It is possible to see them on sale at almost all of the tourist haunts. They depict the image of warriors - men armed with swords, metal armour and a shield.  The head is carved out of wood and in most cases the painted facial features include a lot of facial hair in the form of bushy eyebrows, beards and moustaches.  Whilst the rest of the body is made up of a combination of wood and wire.  They are not particularly child-friendly as the metal armour tends to be full of sharp edges.  However, they are colourful and unusual and they do make an interesting gift.

Wooden puppets on sale in Sidi Bou Said.

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