X77.1391a-d Hand puppet, the Blind Scholar

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Hand puppet, the Blind Scholar
Chinese, Taiwan
Early to mid-20th century
Wood, paint, synthetic fiber, rabbit fur
H: 50.0 cm, W: 26.0 cm, D: 11.0 cm (H: 19.6 in, W: 10.2 in, D: 4.3 in)
Fowler Museum at UCLA. Anonymous gift. X77.1391a-d


The name of this hand puppet, a schoolteacher known as the Blind Scholar, is written on his face, together with a passage from the Book of Three Character Phrases, a textbook used by schoolchildren in prerevolutionary China. This schoolteacher imparted the importance of learning and literacy as he entertained Chinese audiences.