Asian Theatre Puppets

Asian Theatre Puppets

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

  1. Robin Ruizendaal
  2. Wang Hanshun
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  • ISBN 9780500514900
  • 29.80 x 24.10 cm
  • Hardback
  • 336pp
  • 553 Illustrations, 301 in colour
  • First published 2009

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.

300 colour photographs present the world’s most comprehensive collection of Asian theatre puppets and artifacts, the Lin Liu-Hsin Puppet Theatre Museum in Taipei.

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.

Paul Lin is founder of the Taiyuan Foundation in Taipei, the Lin Liu-Hsin Puppet Theatre Museum and the Taiyuan Puppet Theatre Company. He has devoted many years to the preservation of indigenous Taiwanese culture and Asian culture in general. Robin Ruizendaal has been researching puppet theatre throughout Asia for over twenty years. He is director of the Lin Liu-Hsin Puppet Theatre Museum and creative director of the Taiyuan Puppet Theatre Company. Wang Hanshun, the photographer, has been working with the Puppet Theatre Museum for over ten years.