Shadow Plays and Puppetry (Píyǐng hé mùǒuxì 皮影和木偶戏)

Colin MACKERRAS

A Children’s Puppet Show, a painting by Liu Songnian. Puppetry has traditionally been a popular rather than an elite art.

Puppetry began as a performing art in ancient China. Its high point was the Qing period (1644–1912). Although puppetry survives in the twenty-first century, it has declined in recent decades. Several different forms exist, including rod puppets, marionettes, and shadow plays. Some features differ according to region, but the stories tend….

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By | 2014-12-16T16:54:30+00:00 January 22nd, 2012|Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, History, Arts, and Culture, Theater|Comments Off on Shadow Plays and Puppetry (Píyǐng hé mùǒuxì 皮影和木偶戏)

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