This handmade puppet features the Monkey King from Chinese classic story 'Journey to the West'. The monkey king holds his all mighty staff, wearing hand-sewed gown. Legend tells that the Monkey King was born out of a stone and through his many adventures he was able to master an array of amazing abilities and powers.
Zhangzhou city in Fujian province, China, is famous for its hand puppets. The traditional puppets feature hand carved head and hand sewed costumes. The plays mostly come from traditional operas and folk lores. The hand puppet show from Zhangzhou can trace back to Song Dynasty (908 ~1279). Zhangzhou puppet has been selected to be one of the non-material and verbal heritage folk art in China.