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Water puppet of a dragon character. Puppet (part a) has a large head carved with small scales and painted green, a wide nose in gold, small side-set eyes with orange and white accents, and a wide mouth, open and showing two fangs at the outer corners. Two large fans sit to the back of the head. The body is made of six wood cylinders, each carved with scales and topped with fins. The cylinders are attached together with a bike chain hammered into the bottom of each, as well as thin plastic tubing, allowing the body to flex and move. A short wooden rod (part b) is used as a puppet handling stick and can be inserted into the puppet's neck in order to move the head.

History Of Use

Used in Vietnamese water puppet performance.


Collected in 1994, in Ho Chi Minh City, by Jason Schoonover and Susan Hattori. The puppets were collected from The Traditional Water Puppetry Troupe, operating out of the Historical Museum in Ho Chi Minh City.

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