String puppet in the form of a male figure with a brown face, articulated eyes and a black beard. This may be Bao Zhen, Pao Kung, though he would normally have a yin yang symbol on his forehead. The puppet wears a black robe decorated with embroidered dragons, possibly Ming dynasty style or opera costume. Wooden feet, hands and head covered with plaster and decorated with polychrome pigment. Various strings attached to a wooden suspension bar.
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.