This handmade hand puppet features the famous and beautiful female warrior in China Hua Mulan. Dressing in hand-sewed pink campaign gown, she wears a helmet adorned with red feather and holds a long spear in her hand, ready for battle. In the story, Mulan disguised herself as a man to take her elderly father's place in the army. The Disney cartton film 'Mu Lan' popularised the story in the west.
Zhangzhou city in Fujian province, China, is famous for its hand puppets. The traditional puppets feature hand carved head and hand sewed costumes. The plays mostly come from traditional operas and folk lores. The hand puppet show from Zhangzhou can trace back to Song Dynasty (908 ~ 1279). Zhangzhou puppet has been selected to be one of the non-material and verbal heritage folk art in China.