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Cast Posters for “Laibao’s Quest for A Bride 來寶求親” Homemade Fairy Tale Puppet Show

Laibao’s Quest for A Bride Homemade Chinese Fairy Tale Puppet Show

I grew up in South East Asia, in a culture rich with pictorial representations, among other art forms. Many commercially available products  such as labels for fire crackers, cure-all magical ointments, dried squids, cold creams, gourmet swallows’ nests, etc were decorated with earnest and beautiful illustrations.

Perhaps out of a need to re-live and process theses naive pictorial compositions, I have decided to create “posters” in these formats, as an homage to the many commercial labels that crossed my eyes as a child.

Each poster shows a puppet show character using the format of these vintage Chinese commercial labels.

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  • Click here to see the puppet show. Clicking on each character below will take you to the background, inspiration and crafting process of each character.
  1. Laibao 來寶 : Our honest, simple and thoughtful hero. He wanted with all his heart to marry the lovely Peach Blossom.
  2. Peach Blossom 桃花姑娘 Prettier than all the peach trees that blossomed in springtime.
  3. Peach Blossom’s Father 桃花姑娘的爸爸 who was reluctant to let his darling daughter marry the poor orphaned Laibao.
  4. The Old Farmer 老農夫 The tired farmer’s warehouse full of rice disappeared completely in one night.
  5. The kindhearted Old Grandmother 好心的老婆婆 Her tub of water from the river kept mysteriously drying up through the night.
  6. The big Dragon 大龍 He wanted to ascend and live in the heavens but his time had not yet come.
  7. Xi Wangmu, The Western Queen Mother 西王母 The Goddess grants only 3 wishes to those who travel the long journey to seek her.
  8. The Western Queen Mother’s retinue of fairy girls 仙女.
  9. The Pearl that Glows in the Night 夜明珠. Laibao needed to find and bring this treasure to Peach Blossom’s father in order to marry Peach Blossom.
  10. The One-Legged Golden Rooster 獨腳金雞 the mysterious beast that Laibao needs to catch in order to marry Peach Blossom.
  11. The Three-Legged Frog 三脚青蛙 another rare creature that Laibao needed to procure in order to marry Peach Blossom.

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