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Chinese Arts - Handicrafts
Leather and Horn Objects 皮角器文物

Shadow puppets are not only used in Southeast Asia, influenced by Hindoo mythology and performing adventures of the tale Ramayana or others. China also knows this kind of leather made shadow puppets that are used in the same way like in Indonesia. The accompanying music, of course, is very different.
Rhinoceros horn is actually not a horn like that of a buffalo that covers a spike on the skull of the animal. The rhino's horn is thoroughly made of ceratine and shows a smooth character. This 8 cm tall vessel from the Qing Dynasty 清 is made in the shape of the antique jue 爵 drinking cup.

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