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The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre
Phyllis HartnollPhyllis Hartnoll, Peter FoundPeter Found

inanimate figure controlled by human agency, which can be larger than life or only a few inches high. It is probably as old as the theatre itself, and it is possible that many of the wonder-working idols of pagan times were in effect immense puppets controlled by their officiating priests; but in its modern sense a puppet is a semblance of a creature—man, bird, beast, fish—given movement and the appearance of life by direct human assistance.... ...

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