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Chinese Shadow Puppet Play Puppetry 13cm Asian Handicraft Folk Carving Art #106
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Chinese Shadow Puppet Play Puppetry 13cm Asian Handicraft Folk Carving Art #106
Chinese Shadow Puppet Play Puppetry 13cm Asian Handicraft Folk Carving Art #106
Chinese Shadow Puppet Play Puppetry 13cm Asian Handicraft Folk Carving Art #106
Chinese Shadow Puppet Play Puppetry 13cm Asian Handicraft Folk Carving Art #106

Chinese Shadow Puppet Play Puppetry 13cm Asian Handicraft Folk Carving Art #106

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* Priority Handling ~ item ship within 24 HOURS via Registered Air
* 100% Hand Crafted and Painted by Shanxi Master
* Involves 20 Different Procedures; Detailed Puppet Take Up to a Few Days to Finish
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Precursor of Modern Cinema; Originated 2000 Years Ago

As some may call it the precursor of modern cinema, Chinese shadow play originated 2000 years ago during the Han Dynasty in Shanxi Province. It is a drama play where the performer manipulates the puppets behind the screen while singing the libretto along with music to tell the story. The overall artistic impact of the play is produced by the lighting, the screen, the music, the singing and of course the operation of the puppets.


Involves 20 Different Crafting Procedures

Puppet is the focal point of the play, and its vivid facial expression, detailed costumes and sophisticated mix of colors, making the puppet a piece of exquisite artwork. Shanxi Puppet is made of ox or donkey leather, and is dyed layer by layer with various bright and shiny colors. The very detailed Shanxi puppet may take up to a few days to finish as the crafting of it involves as much as 20 different separate procedures.


"Magic, Lightning-like Art"

This art form began to spread to Europe in the mid-18th century, when French missionaries in China brought this shadow play back to France and perform it in Paris and Marseilles (record shown 1767). Although it is hard to see the traditional performance, people around the world are keen to keep the spirit of this "magic, lightning-like art" alive by collecting these valuable shadow puppets.


“Chinese shadow puppets are rather different from their Indonesian and Turkish relatives. They are very delicate items, normally made from donkey skin and decorated with cut-out designs and translucent dyes. They are usually so thin that the colors as well as the outline are displayed on the screen. Unlike both Javanese and Turkish shadow theatre there was a very wide range of Chinese characters to perform in many different plays, whether military, religious or simple folk tales.”

Bill Douglas Centre, History of Cinema and Popular Culture, UK


* Item #: SXXAPY106
* Measurements: Vertical Length 5 inches
* Weight: 50g
* Material: Ox Leather
* Conditions: Brand New


*** THIS IS HAND CRAFTED BY SHANXI MASTER, NOT A REPRODUCTION ***


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