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Description

Sun Wukong (Monkey King) shadow puppet character from "Journey to the West", with separate head (part b) and gold staff(?) (part c). Sun Wukong is depicted with a human-like body, and monkey head. He wears a long yellow with red tie ending in green tassels around his waist, and red pants. On his feet he wears tiger(?) shoes. His head is yellow with five black spots, except for a mask-like area around his eyes and nose. Limbs jointed with fibre at the shoulders, elbows and hips. Operated by three rods. The staff is yellow, with a thin red outline, and is operated by one rod.

History Of Use

This exquisite píyĭngxì (shadow puppet) character is from the classic Chinese narrative, “Journey to the West,” sometimes known as “Monkey King,” which is full of action, acrobatics, and martial arts. It is of classic north-eastern design (Luanzhou), from Luanzhouzhen in Heibei Province, one of the historically renowned regions of shadow puppetry in China. The leather is scraped extremely thin, which together with their jointed limbs, makes these puppets highly flexible when the yperform high kicks, jumps, and flips. When performing, their distinctive designs and vibrant colours are visible on the glowing screen, enhancing the magical effects of the characters in motion.

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