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Shadow Puppet

MOA: University of British Columbia

3338/14 a-c

Han Zhongli or Zhongli Quan, one of the Eight Immortals, shadow puppet character from "Journey to the West" with separate head (part b) and magic fan (part c). He has long black hair, with two buns tied with red ribbon on his head. He face is heavily lined in red, and he has a long black beard and moustache. He wears a long purple-pink robe with circular green vine and flower designs, bordered by red. On his feet, he wears black shoes with green details on the toes and heels, and red edging. Limbs jointed with fibre at the shoulders, elbows, wrists and hips. Operated by three rods. The fan is orange-yellow with diagonal alternating bands of red and green on the blade, and a red fire-like detail on top. There is a small loop at the end of the shaft for the puppet's fingers.


  • Type of Item puppet
  • Culture Chinese
  • Material cow skin, bamboo grass, steel metal, watercolour paint, lacquer, fibre
  • Measurements height 62.0 cm, width 9.0 cm, depth 1.0 cm (overall) height 15.0 cm, width 4.0 cm, depth 0.1 cm (part c)

  • Creator Lu Family
  • Previous Owner Lu Family
  • Received from Lu Family, Museum of Anthropology Exhibitions Budget

  • Made in Tangshan

  • Creation Date during 2018
  • Ownership Date before December 21, 2018
  • Acquisition Date on December 21, 2018

  • Condition excellent
  • Accession Number 3338/0014 a-c