Vietnamese Water Puppet
Dragon character water puppet, Hanoi, Vietnam. L. 20th century. 32" x 10" x 7"
Description Handcrafted bright multi-color lacquer painted light wood water puppet, depicting a dragon from one of many folk stories presentations. From Hanoi, Vietnam, home of water puppet artistry. This is an authentic puppet used in many performances in the Water Puppet Theatre in Hanoi, and is about 20 years old. These puppets are rarely found old and used for they deteriorate quickly from so much use in the water. They are constructed out of a very soft and light wood for ease of manipulation by the puppeteer. This example is larger than most measuring 32" long x 10" wide x 7" tall. This piece still has the rusted iron portions of metal operating armature on bottom.