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Why is there a large hole at the top of the head?  Is something missing?  Or is the hole there maybe to lighten the head.

If that is a hole in the top of his head....where is the stick?  

布袋戲 - Puppet Show

Chinese Glove Puppet

The hollow heads are just a part of how the puppets were made, not intended to hold anything, simply to reduce the weight.

From wikipedia: "is a type of opera using cloth puppets that originated during the 17th century in Quanzhou or Zhangzhou of China's Fujian province, and historically practised in the Min Nan-speaking areas such as Quanzhou, Zhangzhou, the Chaoshan region of Guangdong, and other parts of southern China."

In previous years the puppets used in this type of performance strongly resembled "cloth sacks," hence the name, which literally means "cloth bag opera." 

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