Thursday, November 22, 2012

Kasparek The Jester

Kasparek was a beloved character in a Czech puppet theater, the main comical hero in folk puppet shows.  His first appearance was around 1820.  Kasparek is extremely popular in Czech Republic as he is a good natured, cheerful Czech peasant and a court jester.  Kasparek was used in politcal satire skits during Czechloslovakia's struggle for independence from Austria.

I picked up this guy from a marionette shop in Prague while my friend was next door shopping for amber jewelry.  He is handmade in Czech Republic, hand carved out of wood.  Kasparek's signature colors are red and yellow.

Hopefully he can fend off the feline psycho that lurks in dark corners.

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