String puppet in the form of a male figure with a beard. The puppet wears an orange coloured robe decorated with an embroidered five-clawed imperial dragon and pearl, indicating that he is associated with the court. He may even represent the emperor. Headgear missing. Square support in the form of a belt attached to the mid-section. Wooden feet, hands and head covered with plaster and decorated with polychrome pigment. Various strings attached to a wooden suspension bar. Detached copper wire found with puppet.
Part of The Louise Tythacott Collection . The Louise Tythacott Collection was compiled as the result of intensive fieldwork over several years in South China and Hong Kong. Ms Tythacott is a Chinese-speaking anthropologist and a museum curator, and was Curator of Ethnography at Liverpool Museum, who was particularly fortunate in developing contacts during the course of her work. Ms Tythacott has also made collections for the Museum of Mankind.