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Shadow Puppet

MOA: University of British Columbia

3338/9 a-c

Sun Wukong (Monkey King) shadow puppet character from "Journey to the West", with separate head (part b) and gold staff(?) (part c). Sun Wukong is depicted with a human-like body, and monkey head. He wears a long yellow with red tie ending in green tassels around his waist, and red pants. On his feet he wears tiger(?) shoes. His head is yellow with five black spots, except for a mask-like area around his eyes and nose. Limbs jointed with fibre at the shoulders, elbows and hips. Operated by three rods. The staff is yellow, with a thin red outline, and is operated by one rod.


  • Type of Item puppet
  • Culture Chinese
  • Material cow skin, watercolour paint, lacquer, plastic, bamboo grass, steel metal, fibre
  • Measurements height 55.5 cm, width 10.0 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 3338/0009 a-c