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Zhangzhou puppet head carving

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2020-03-19

Zhangzhou puppet head carving is a special workmanship of props used in puppet shows. It is one of the folk arts and crafts mainly spread over Zhangzhou, Xiamen, Quanzhou and their surrounding areas of Fujian Province. Zhangzhou puppet carving, which originated in the Jin Dynasty and flourished in the Tang Dynasty, has enjoyed a history of nearly 2,000 years. 

Zhangzhou puppets feature precise molds, refined carving and delicate drawing in colors, preserving the painting style of the Tang and Song Dynasties. 

The puppets catch the disposition of different characters perfectly through appropriate exaggerations, a local feature.


Photo taken on Nov 28, 2018 shows wood puppet heads by Xu Zhuchu, a national-level intangible cultural heritage inheritor of Zhangzhou wood puppet head carving in Zhangzhou, East China's Fujian province. [Photo/Xinhua]

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