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Shadow Puppet

MOA: University of British Columbia

3338/18 a-c

Lan Caihe, one of the Eight Immortals, shadow puppet character from "Journey to the West" with separate head (part b) and basket of flowers (part c). Depicted with a cutout face. They wear a full-length red robe decorated with circular floral decorations, and their hair is tied up in a bun, which is wrapped in a green scarf and tied with red ribbon. They wear black shoes with green cloud-like designs on the toes and heels, and red edging. Limbs jointed with fibre at the shoulders, elbows, wrists and hips. Operated by three rods. Basket of flowers has a handle, which extends down into a tripod stand. There is one large red flower, smaller red or yellow flowers and lots of green leaves. There is a small loop for the puppet's fingers.


  • Type of Item puppet
  • Culture Chinese
  • Material cow skin, watercolour paint, fibre, bamboo grass, lacquer, steel metal
  • Measurements height 59.0 cm, width 7.5 cm, depth 1.0 cm (overall) height 13.0 cm, width 10.0 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 3338/0018 a-c