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Shadow Puppet

MOA: University of British Columbia

3338/17 a-c

He Xiangu, one of the Eight Immortals, shadow puppet character from "Journey to the West" with separate head (part b) and lotus flower (part c). She is depicted with a cutout face, and long black hair that is partially tied up on her head, and then the rest extends down. Her hair is tied with red ribbon and decorated with flowers. She wears a pink robe with various coloured cloud(?) decorations. Her pants are light green, exposing only the tip of her red shoes with pink pompom on the toes. Limbs jointed with fibre at the shoulders, elbows, wrists and hips. Operated by three rods. The lotus flower is white and pink, and the stem and leaf are bright green. There is a small loop for the puppet's fingers.


  • Type of Item puppet
  • Culture Chinese
  • Material cow skin, watercolour paint, fibre, bamboo grass, steel metal, lacquer
  • Measurements height 61.0 cm, width 12.0 cm, depth 1.0 cm (overall) height 16.0 cm, width 6.0 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 3338/0017 a-c