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Shadow Puppet

MOA: University of British Columbia

3338/8 a-c

Ju Bajie (Pigsy) shadow puppet character from "Journey to the West", with separate head (part b) and accessory rake (part c). Pigsy is depicted with a human body, and pig head. His head is more translucent and shiny than the body. He has a pig snout and large pig ears, large almond-shaped eyes and black eyebrows. He wears a black hat with a green band that is tied with red string, knotted under his chin. He wears an open black tunic with green edging. His hip, knee and elbow joints have wheel-like designs. On his feet he wears black shoes tied with red string. Limbs jointed with fibre at the shoulders, elbows and hips. Operated by three rods. The rake is black with a curved neck, row of triangular teeth, and is operated by one rod.


  • Type of Item puppet
  • Culture Chinese
  • Material fibre, bamboo grass, steel metal, plastic, cow skin, watercolour paint, lacquer
  • Measurements height 60.0 cm, width 9.0 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 excellent
  • Accession Number 3338/0008 a-c