piyingxi (Shadow Puppet)

About this object

Narrative

In 1981 the donor wrote that she had found this group of shadow puppets in Chengdu (Sichuan, China) over 40 years earlier.

Physical description

A shadow puppet fragment of a female head, outlining the face in profile, with red and black detailing. The forehead has a horizontal black band. The eye is outlined in black extending to the back of the head with a horizontal black line. The nose curls inward to create a nostril. The mouth is outlined with red. The white hair has a black bun at the back of the head. Behind the ears, there is a black section. The neck is split with a groove in the middle.