Humpty Dumpty, Through the Looking-Glass (fretwork figure)

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Exhibit

Humpty Dumpty, Through the Looking-Glass (fretwork figure)

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location:
Arch Two , Area 58
Wooden Cutout Figures (display)
Puppet Corner

A jointed wooden figure of "Humpty Dumpty", from "Through the Looking-Glass" (the sequel to Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland")

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The figure was created in Lord Robert's Workshops, and is jointed to have moving arms and legs.

About the character

The original folk-riddle of Humpty Dumpty is first recorded in 1803, but could easily be older. Eventually Humpty was used in Through the Looking Glass, where he argues over the meaning of words with Alice, applying whichever meanings he wishes, regardless of how hard this makes it to understand him.