This set with a total of 21 shadow puppets is a colorful collection of Chinese folk art. In the set we find a horse, two large fish, a dragon-like beast and human as well as demon figures. Most have their rods for moving in place.
Originating 2000 years ago, shadow puppetry soon became a people’s art form in China. Its simplicity, portability and nighttime performances were perfectly suited for the working classes. Farmers and laborers took up puppeteering, singing, musical instruments and storytelling after the sun went down to create a tradition that became the heart of their communities. All night performances were held for any and all occasions such as birthdays, weddings, house raisings, and funerals. In its heyday, Chinese shadow puppetry was popular in nearly every province making it one of the most wide-spread folk arts of China. Each region lent their own personality to the art form in everything from aesthetic to musical influences.
Dimensions: average height of one puppet is approx. 35 cm
Condition: Overall good condition with usual signs of age and wear, small parts missing
Provenance: German private collection
尺寸：人偶高約 35 厘米