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Thai Shadow Puppet

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Unknown Artist

Unknown Artist

$2,850

  • Date: Early 20th Century
  • Gouache on hide with wooden sticks, mounted to board
  • Size: 36 x 34 in. (91.44 x 86.36 cm)
  • Frame Size: 37 x 35 inches

$2,850

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about Thai Shadow Puppet

Thai shadow puppets are used in both classical and folk theater.

There are two types of shadow theater in Thailand: nang talang and nangyai. The size of puppets usually between .75 metres to 1.25 metres. They are made of buffalo or cow hide. Usually the puppets have one articulated arm; clowns typically have two moveable arms. The puppet that represents the hero tends to be small with delicate features while the villain puppet tends to be large and unattractive. Puppets who represent gods are always the smallest in size. Clown puppets are ugly and can even have movable chins and genitals, but they are also know to be insightful (much like Shakespeare’s fools). The puppets are manipulated by puppeteers behind white screens so that they appear as shadows, which makes one wonder why they are so intricately and colorfully painted. A small fire or lamp is used behind the screen, and all of this is managed by single puppeteer who narrates and sings. 

About The Medium: Gouache

A paint with opaque pigments ground in water and thickened with a glue-like substance.

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Thai Shadow Puppet

Unknown Artist

Early 20th Century

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Thai Shadow Puppet

Unknown Artist

Early 20th Century

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