The Squeaking Tribe

The Mummy Marionette


Mummies – The very first 6-string design I ever created was the Mummy being quite simply a head with its clay counter-balances, simply assembled and costumed with a single strip of ragged material wound about it. From that basic design did every other concept and idea spring forth and of course we’re still making them, albeit with a little more finessing and attention-to-detail than those first organic attempts. A simple but effective starting point for any aspiring puppeteer of any age!

Marionette in doll form is approximately 25cm in height or 60cm when strung.

Squeaky Classics: Original designs for all ages from our early roots til now!

The first puppet I ever made in our standard 6-string design was a little Mummy marionette, a simple bandaged affair which utilised the weight of the clay pieces and the meagre costuming to create a proper functioning prototype which remains the core design behind most of our work to date. By working with some basic archetypes and alternating through gender, age and cultural influences, I developed a classic range of differing characters which are a continuing part of the Squeaking Tribe canon today. As familiar as these characters are to me now, I keep the joy alive by incorporating more details and personal quirks than I did in the past, so each one still retains its own unique identity. For the budget-minded, these are a good starting point to gauge your interest without betting the farm. A perfect launch-pad for the young ones, too!


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