Mester Jakel from Denmark

The traditional popular puppet in Denmark, Mester Jakel, arrived here around 1790. In all probability he came from Northerne France with travelling puppeteers. The origin of the name is not completely clear, but according to Svend Smith it must be regarded as a Danicisation of  Maître Jacques, who was one of the local puppet heroes in Northern France. According to police licences, Mester Jakel shows were held from 1795 in a tent next to the potter’s workshop by Kirsten Piils Well at Dyrehavsbakken in Klampenborg. At first, the pots played a role in the Jakel shows, being used instead...

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