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Shadow Puppet

MOA: University of British Columbia

3338/10 a-e

Sha Wujing (Evil Sandman/Sandy) shadow puppet character from "Journey to the West", with separate head (part b), weapon accessory (part c), two large bundles (parts d-e). Sha Wujing wears a monk's robe of a yellow, green, red and black hexagon pattern. He has curly black facial hair as well as long curly black hair, which is tied back by a green headband topped with a crescent shape and tied with red ties. He wears a large red hoop in his ear, and a large brown beaded necklace. Limbs jointed with fibre at the shoulders, elbows and hips. Operated by three rods. The monk's spade or crescent moon spade (part c) consists of a long pole with a flat spade-like blade on one end and a crescent-shaped blade with two orange loops on the other. Operated by one rod. With him are two bundles, both dark green rectangles outlined in red and light green. Bundle (part d) has a blue bag and large yellow straw hat, and bundle (part e) has a yellow bag.


  • Type of Item puppet
  • Culture Chinese
  • Material cow skin, watercolour paint, lacquer, fibre, bamboo grass, steel metal, plastic
  • Measurements height 58.0 cm, width 14.0 cm, depth 1.0 cm (overall) height 38.0 cm, width 33.0 cm, depth 0.8 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 3338/0010 a-e