Strings, Hands, Shadows: A Modern Puppet History

Strings, Hands, Shadows: A Modern Puppet History

by John Bell, Detroit Institute of Arts Staff
     
 

Puppets can be traced as far back as ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome and are found today in cultures worldwide, across the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia. John Bell shows how puppets have been used to relay myths, poke fun at political figures, express moral stories, and entertain adults and children alike. This richly illustrated book gives a historical overview… See more details below

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Puppets can be traced as far back as ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome and are found today in cultures worldwide, across the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia. John Bell shows how puppets have been used to relay myths, poke fun at political figures, express moral stories, and entertain adults and children alike. This richly illustrated book gives a historical overview and looks at the wide variety of this traditional art form. Definitions and descriptions of a variety of puppet styles, including shadow puppets, marionettes, hand puppets, rod puppets, and many others, add to the understanding of this fascinating form of art. With over one hundred color illustrations, this book highlights the "lives" of such characters as Kermit the Frog, Punch and Judy, Jack Pumpkinhead, and the traditional Chinese puppet Te-Yung to reveal the ways that puppets have become an integral part of many cultures. Captivating and fun, this book offers valuable insight into the wonderful world of puppetry.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780895581563
Publisher:
Detroit Institute of Arts
Publication date:
11/01/2000
Series:
Diagram Ser.
Pages:
116
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

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