Shadow Puppetry 皮影

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Dublin Core

Title

Shadow Puppetry 皮影

Subject

Performance, Folk art, Concert

Description

Shadow play, also known as shadow puppetry, is an ancient form of storytelling and entertainment which uses flat articulated cut-out figures (shadow puppets) which are held between a source of light and a translucent screen or scrim.

Date

Tang Dynasty (618 AD - 907 AD)

Format

Flat

Type

Craft

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Crafting Methods

Rods are attached to specially-shaped sheets to make puppets. These puppets cast shadows on cloth.

Materials

Cloth, Leather, Paper

Usage and Application

Shadow puppetry is a form of entertainment which is often associated with child entertainment.

Interesting Facts

There are several myths and legends about the origins of shadow puppetry in China. The most famous one has it that Chinese shadow puppetry originated when the favourite concubine of Emperor Wu of Han (156-87 AD) died and magician Shao-weng promised to raise her spirit. The emperor could see a shadow that looked like her move behind the curtains that the magician had placed around some lit torches. It is often told that the magician used a shadow puppet, but the original text in Book of Han gives no reason to believe in a relation to shadow puppetry.

Collection

Citation

“Shadow Puppetry 皮影
,” CCCH9051 Group 64, accessed May 18, 2024, https://learning.hku.hk/ccch9051/group-64/items/show/5.

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