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 of a male (parts a-b) with a profile face in outline. Wearing clothing that is decorated in red, yellow, blue, and black with an animal face on the chest, and at the hips, and dragons at the top of the legs, and at the wrists, and floral print on the shoulders, and on the bottom of the legs. Wire is coiled around the neck. There is an elaborate red and black headdress (part c) of a tailed animal with a fireball-like appendage. Handles are made of bamboo grass. Joined in the shoulder, elbow, waist, hips, hands, and fingers with rivets.