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Water Puppets

They are made out of wood and lacquer in Vietnam. Each big puppet is a beautiful wood sculpture and painting work. See more and learn about the Vietnamese Water Puppets Art. We also carry books, documentary DVDs and music CDs to give you a completed experience of Vietnamese Water Puppetry Art.
Click any picture to see a larger image and detailed item information             Water Puppets
Big Water Puppets
These water puppets are REAL! They are designed and hand made by the artist, Nguyen Quoc Hung, who is making water puppets for the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre in Hanoi. All the water puppets in this group are made with the same size with the real performing puppets in the theatre. We also have some pictures, action shots, of the same characters in the water puppets shows. All the pictures are from the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre.











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Green Racing Boat
Green Racing Boat
47" x 20"
$950
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Green Racing Boat
Red Racing Boat
39" x 19" x 10"
$950
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Dragon Boat
47" x 19" x 11"
$950
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Vietnamese Fairy/Red
Holy Dancer/Red
20"
$295
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Drummer
20"
$345
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Teu and his Brothers
6" x 20"
$295
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Grinding Rice
20" x 18"
$345
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Mo
5" x 20"
$245
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Unicorn Puppet
18" x 7" x 5"
$99
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Drummer2
5" x 20"
$245
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Turtle Water Puppet
20"
$245
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Small Water Puppets
The smaller water puppets are made by artist Bao Tran. He is specializing in folk art wood sculpture. His water puppets and masks are beautiful in every detail.
The puppets are handmade and hand painted by artist Bao Tran. Each puppet is beautiful like a piece of art.


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Vietnamese Water Puppetry
8" x 8"
Save 15% $28.50  $24.23
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Water Puppets Music CD
Water Puppets Music CD
Save 15% $14.00  $11.90
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Puppet Soul DVD
Puppet Soul DVD
Save 15% $39.00  $33.15
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Red Northern Girl
Red Northern Girl
9"
$32
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Musician 1
Musician 1
9"
$34
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OPW4
9"
$29.50
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OWP4
OWP4
9"
$29.50
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Vietnamese Fairy
9"
$32
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OWP7
9"
$29.50
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Yellow Cheerful Guy
Yellow Cheerful Guy
9"
$34
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OWP3
9"
$29.50
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OWP1
9"
$29.50
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Fish Catcher
Fish Catcher
9"
$34
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Yellow Fishing Man
Yellow Fishing Man
9"
$34
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Water Puppet Pictures Gallery
These are the pictures of the water puppets shows. We hope to help you to learn more about the Vietnamese water puppetry art. All the pictures are credited to the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre.
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The Master Puppeteers   More Info

The Orchestra   More Info

Water Puppets Theatre   More Info
These puppets are all hand made and hand painted in Vietnam. Each puppet has different function. The big water puppets are made of solid wood and covered by lacquer. Each big puppet is a beautiful piece of art.

Vietnamese water puppetry has a long history. An inscription on a stone stage in Doi pagoda, Duy Tien district, Nam Ha province, relates in 4036 words a water-puppet show staged in the year 1121 to mark a birth anniversary of King Ly Nhan Tong. Vietnamese water puppetry is an age-old typical and traditional art, closely bound to rural culture and agricultural civilization of rice planting of Vietnamese peasants.

In water-puppet (marinonette sur l'eau) shows there is a very effective combination of the visual effects provided by fire, water, and the movements of the puppets. Under the surface of the water is concealed the whole control system of the show. Calm and serene when fairy figures appear on it to sing and dance, it is agitated by stormy waves in scenes of battle with the participation of fire-spitting dragons.

In the art of water-puppetry one should note the many contributions of such handicrafts as wood sculpture and lacquer work. They all work together to bring out charming glimpses of the Vietnamese psyche as well as typical landscapes of Vietnam

Modern, water puppetry is performed in a pool of water with the water surface being the stage. The puppeteers stand behind a screen and control the puppets using long bamboo rods and string mechanism hidden beneath the water surface. The puppets are carved out of wood and very heavy. A traditional Vietnamese orchestra provides background music accompaniment. Singers of Cheo (a form of traditional opera) with origin in north Vietnam sing songs which tell the story being acted out by the puppets. The theme of the skits is rural and has a strong reference to Vietnamese folklore. It tells of day-to-day living in rural Vietnam and Vietnamese folk tales that are told by grandparents to their grandchildren. Stories of the harvest, of fishing and of festivals are highlighted. Legends and national history are also told through short skits. Many of the skits, especially those involving the tales of day-to-day living, often have a humorous twist.

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