This handmade shadow play puppet is made out of cow hide featuring an emperor of the Qing Dynasty (1616~1911) with a long plait, which is the only allowed hair style for the Chinese male living during that time. He wears graceful and gorgeous dragon robe. Dragon is an incredible holy monster in Chinese culture, which represents the power of Heaven.
This robe is not only adorned with dragon patterns, but also with ocean, fire flame and clouds. The pattern of tiger is decorated on cap of the emperor standing for the stateliness of the emperor. In the ancient China, nobody was allowed to wear dragon pattern except the emperors.
Nicely framed, perfect home decor display for your living room.
The shadow play or leather silhouette play is a type of drama, which has its roots in China.
Shadow puppets are made of leather instead of wood for the simple reason that leather is much lighter, easier to manipulate and carry around. The trunk, head and limbs of a puppet are separately carved but joined together by thread to be manipulated. The leather puppets are painted with various colors to show their different qualities, kind or wicked, beautiful or ugly.
Our puppets are made purely by hand in shadow plays birthplace, Hua County in Shaanxi Province. Xue Hongquan, one of the best-known shadow play performer as well as puppet maker, is leading our workshop filled with the best artisans. The artisans still use the same traditional methods passed on for generations.