String puppet in the form of a male figure with a white beard, thus an elderly official. The puppet wears a black surcoat decorated with embroidery including a civil rank badge. This is the costume of an official out on business. Square support in the form of a belt attached to mid-section. 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.