Collezione Maria Signorelli









Life of  Maria Signorelli

Puppets of Maria Signorelli  

The Puppets of Maria Signorelli -i fantocci

The fairy tales, nursery rhymes and films

Shows with classical and modern texts, films

  The ballets of Maria  Signorelli



Podrecca Fund 

Trieste puppets 


19th-20th century Italian rod and glove puppets

18th century Italian marionettes 

19th-20th century Italian marionettes 

20th century foreign rod and string puppets 

Eastern and Wayang puppets and marionettes

Sicilian, Pugliese and Neapolitan puppets  


Shadow puppets


Toy rod, glove and string puppets    

Seven trunks of stage properties

  Paper and card theatres, sets and characters   



Italian and foreign literature on the history and techniques of puppet theatre

Toy theatres

Scripts of puppet and marionette plays  

Posters of puppet theatre productions and festivals

The exhibitions

The Collection includes around sixty items dating from the beginning of the twentieth century, from various countries: thirty masks are Asian, while the others were collected primarily from Africa, Europe and Mexico. 

They are made of varied materials, including porcelain, ebony, papier mâché, cloth, cork and coconut. 

Some have lifesize faces and were perhaps used for ritual functions or as part of theatre performances. 

Others measure only a few centimetres, and were made as toys, perhaps too for theatre. 

Two large Indonesian masks of painted wood are of particular interest, with beards made of coconut fibre, a Mexican mask constructed of painted and shaped  paper, and a Japanese porcelain mask of the first years of the twentieth century.






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