Thai Puppets And Khon Masks (Reprinted 2004)
by Chandavij, Natthapatra & Promporn Pramualratana
About This Book
The elaborately fashioned and gilded masks worn by dancers performing in the popular Ramayana dance drama are enduring symbols of Thai culture. Since their introduction in the late 18th century, many hundreds of thousands of masks have been produced by skilled craftsmen.
Less well-known as an art form, the history of Thai puppetry dates back to the 17th-century Ayutthaya when large, metre-high puppets were used to relate popular folk tales. Today practitioners of these art forms are becoming scarce, as are the finely crafted puppets themselves.
This book uses more than 200 colour illustrations to look at the history of Thai puppets and the types puppets and Khon masks that are used.
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