Fairy Water Puppet

This fairy is part of a water-puppetry ensemble that includes a master of ceremonies called Teu, a dragon, a lion, and a boy on buffalo. She has moveable parts and a thick colourful painted exterior. The fairy appears in the Dance of the Eight Fairies, which is possibly connected with a Chinese legend about fairies. The origins of water-puppetry are thought to date to the 12th century although it is possible that it was a folk art that developed even earlier in the rice-farming villages of north Vietnam. The stories enacted include spiritual and popular themes that are closely related with rural life.

Artist Name
Dang Van Thiet
Date/Period
c. 1996
Region
Hanoi, Vietnam
Dimension
Object size: 59 x 21 cm
Accession No.
2001-01188
Material
Wood, rubber, metals, paint
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Theatre Artefacts