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Shadow Puppet

MOA: University of British Columbia

3338/11 a-c

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.


  • Type of Item puppet
  • Culture Chinese
  • Material cow skin, watercolour paint, lacquer, fibre, bamboo grass, steel metal
  • Measurements height 58.0 cm, width 10.0 cm, depth 1.0 cm (overall) height 39.0 cm, width 32.5 cm, depth 1.0 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 3338/0011 a-c