"about the size of Sicilian puppets"

Sicilian puppets are large, 4-5 feet tall, and intricately dressed in armour and fabrics.  These marionettes have been in use since the early 1800s, and most often perform in epic fables, operas and Bible stories.  Sicilian puppet theatre originated on the streets, with the sides of donkey carts decorated as backdrops for performances, but now takes place more often in permanent mini-theatres with full scenery, flying cues and lighting.