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Chinese shadow play is the ancient art of shadow puppetry, a form of entertainment using paper puppets whose shadows are projected onto a lit up backdrop to create the appearance of moving images.
The art of creating shadow puppets has a long history in China. According to one historical legend, the emperor Wu was greatly saddened after one of his favorite concubines died. So, several court officials created a puppet with hinged arms and legs using donkey leather and paint. They then lit an oil lamp to display her shadow, bringing her �back to life� to please emperor. The artists used a variety of dazzling colors to make shadow figures and props\' reflection on the illuminated, translucent backdrop screen more magnificent and sparkling. Then the love story was recorded in the book of �The History of the Han Dynasty�, and the Shadow Play began to become quite popular.
Shadow puppet play, also called sheep play and head play, a drama in which silhouettes are projected onto a white screen, first born about 2000 years ago, faces extinction in China. The precursor of modern movies is more and more replaced by TV and cinema. Today, the Chinese Shadow puppet, a profile of a character, as opposed to a 3-dimensional image, is a very popular collector\'s item. Museums in countries all over the world are eager to collect them, and tourists purchase chinese shadow puppets as souvenirs.
July 11th, 2011
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