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Shadow Puppet

MOA: University of British Columbia

3338/1 a-b

Shadow puppet of Mu Guiying from “Journey to the West". Female warrior and heroine of the Yang Saga. Flat shadow puppet made from semi-translucent cut, punched and painted hide. Limbs jointed with fibre at the shoulders, elbows and hips. The puppet (part a) has a large detachable head (part b). Her face is cutout, and outlined in black with small angled red lips. She wears a large headdress with green, red or pink pompoms, and large red tassels hanging from the front. Two large light brown pheasant feathers extend out the top of the headdress and trail behind her. She has a bow and quiver full of arrows on her side. She wears four large green with red, yellow, orange and blue flags(?). Her body armour is very detailed with lots of punched-out patterns, vertical bands of alternating red and green padding, and yellow fringe across her chest and arms. Operated by three rods.


  • Type of Item puppet
  • Culture Chinese
  • Material watercolour paint, lacquer, fibre, bamboo grass, steel metal, cow skin
  • Measurements height 101.0 cm, width 42.0 cm, depth 1.0 cm (overall)

  • 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 good
  • Accession Number 3338/0001 a-b