Shadow Puppet Item Number: 3338/11 a-c from the MOA: University of British Columbia


Tang Seng (Buddhist Monk from the Tang dynasty) shadow puppet character from "Journey to the West", with separate head (part b) and khakkhara or monk staff (part c).His face is cutout and outlined in black, and he wears a Buddhist crown on his head with large green ties. He wears a cloak and interior dress indicated by the different sleeves. The cloak and one sleeve have a red brick pattern with light green outline, and the other sleeve is solid yellow. He wears flowing green pants, which mostly cover his black shoes. Limbs jointed with fibre at the shoulders, elbows and hips. Operated by three rods. The khakkhara has a yellow shaft with a spear(?) tip at one end, and four repeating concentric designs (blue, red, green, red) and rings on the other end. Operated by one rod.