I was interested to visit the British Museum exhibition of South East Asian Shadow puppets as, many years ago, I had lived in Indonesia and had seen them there. Seeing them displayed as an exhibit perhaps changed the way in which I viewed them when in Java. I think I probably concentrated more on the skill of production and artistic nature of the painting and gilding when seeing them in a museum, whereas in Java I perhaps concentrated more on their function as a puppet. It also has to be said that the museum exhibits were particularly fine examples whereas many of the puppets I saw in Java were more produced for the tourist trade.
My notes can be found here: Wayang Shadow Puppet