Shadow Puppets - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Shadow Puppet

Image of Shadow Puppet

Large puppet 18" high from Java. Made of leather.

Shadow Puppets

Image of Shadow Puppets

Two small puppets 12" high from Java. made of leather.

Shadow puppet shows were popular in many countries in the far east. The puppet is usually made of very thin leather painted and gilded on one side with elaborate perforations, split cane rods provide support. The joints in the arms and legs are articulated and moved by thin rods. The puppet show takes place in front of a translucent screen, part of the audience sits in front of the screen and sees the coloured puppets, there is also an audience behind the screen which sees the shadow of the puppets cast on the screen.

References & Notes:
Cook, Movement in Two Dimensions

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