Asian Theatre Puppets

Creativity, Culture and Craftsmanship: From the Collection of Paul Lin


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ISBN: 9780500514900 Category:

Robin Ruizendaal, Wang Hanshun


Asian puppet theatre is a treasure house of Asian grassroots religion, culture, history, ethics and entertainment. But with the rise of mass entertainment, puppet theatre has been banished to the fringes and performances of this sublime art form are becoming rare.

Theatre performances may have dwindled but the impact of these beautiful puppets has not. Their charm and exquisite craftsmanship leaps out from the pages of this book, which introduces for the first time the beauty of theatre puppets from all major Asian traditions, captured in over 300 colour illustrations.

Taking the reader on an inspiring journey through hundreds of years of creativity, this beautiful book will not only appeal to people with an interest in Asian arts, but will also open up to the general reader a whole new realm of art.

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Weight 2471 g
Dimensions 25 x 30.5 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 8 October 2009
Number of pages 336
Format Hardback
Dimensions 25 x 30.5 cm
Weight 2471 g


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Wang Hanshun is a photographer, who has been working with the Puppet Theatre Museum in Taipei for over ten years.

Robin Ruizendaal has been researching puppet theatre throughout Asia for over twenty years. He is director of the Lin Liu-Hsin Puppet Theatre Museum in Taipei and creative director of the Taiynana Puppet Theatre Company.