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Glimpses behind the screen: Southeast Asian shadow puppet theatre

The British Museum
8 September 2016 - 29 January 2017  |  Official Website

Shadow puppet theatre is found in many societies. Puppets, normally carved from animal hide and painted on both sides – are interposed between a light source and a white cotton screen, with audiences watching the puppets from the shadow side. The art has historically been a significant part of the artistic, spiritual, social and political lives of many Southeast Asians, and even in recent decades, when television, film and internet have become increasingly available, still widely appeals. 

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