Finally you get to see what I was working on for so long! Over a year ago I found an old, Indian rod puppet (decorated very grotesquely - no, I should say traditionally, in a dark sense) at the thrift store for one dirham. For ages it lay in the closet, and I decided a few months ago to begin painting it. That took awhile, and then the making and embroidering of her clothes, but here is the finished madame in all her regale.
There is a butterfly lower down on her skirt but that can't be seen in the pictures. I love this kind of puppet, with the rod-controlled head and hands. It reminds me of an old, Mikhail Baryshnikov version of The Nutcracker we have.