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Shadow Puppet

MOA: University of British Columbia

3338/13 a-c

Li Tieguai or Iron Crutch Li, one of the Eight Immortals, shadow puppet character from "Journey to the West" with separate head (part b) and crutch (part c). He has long curly black hair, a curly scraggy beard and a dirty face. He wears a black robe with small red or green cloud decorations, tied at the waist with a red sash, and with red pants showing under the bottom of the robe. On his hip is a yellow gourd(?). He has bare feet. Limbs jointed with fibre at the shoulders, elbows, wrists and hips. Operated by three rods. He has a black crutch accessory. There is a small loop at the end of the shaft for the puppet's fingers.


  • Type of Item puppet
  • Culture Chinese
  • Material cow skin, watercolour paint, lacquer, fibre, bamboo grass, steel metal
  • Measurements height 16.8 cm, width 2.0 cm, depth 0.1 cm (part c) height 57.5 cm, width 8.5 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 3338/0013 a-c